“Pieces like pottery” by Dan Buri – Book Review

Blurb: “Pieces Like Pottery is an examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption. Offering graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love. Charged with characters mercifully experiencing trials in life, the book reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter and the kindness we receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.”

Pieces like pottery” is a literary anthology with themes that cause the reader to reflect upon their own lives. Isn’t that what fiction/literature should do?

“In the annals of time, age remains undefeated, no losses to date.”

The last story in this book links the previous stories, tying the book into a cohesive whole. One of the titles contained within its pages was in fact a poem.  Interestingly, the poem was one of my favorite sections of the book.

“Things turn out best for those who
make the best out of the way things turn out”

Didactic in nature, and sometimes in tone, the book provides a lot of life lessons that can be beneficial to all who read it. The stories expound on the vagaries of fate and how everyday people react to the hand that life deals to them. It expounds on human insecurities and the universal wish to ‘belong’ and to be loved and appreciated. Written in a raw and deceptively simple style, the author cuts to the heart of the matter with articulate, thought provoking, elegant, and insightful prose.

“Life’s simple moments are not wasted and unimportant. They are the foundations that shape our lives. They are the formational moments,
one added upon another.”

Some of the themes touched on were: loss, parenting, homophobia, mindfulness, hope, nature vs. nurture, and how powerful words can be – both to inflict hurt and to inflict joy.

My interpretation of the title (which in my opinion is genius – the title – not my interpretation LOL):

When pottery is broken the shards scatter and sometimes it is mended.  A truly devastating break will ensure that the mending is slow, if not impossible. Sometimes the cracks are obvious, sometimes the healing is visible to only the most discerning. Sometimes the mending is almost perfect, but a piece is missing…

Often, when the break is catastrophic, mending is impossible, but it IS possible to reassemble the pieces into something vastly different from the original, yet beautiful.

Substitute the word ‘people’ for the word ‘pottery’ and you get it…

This book has been lingering in my TBR for far longer than it should have been, and for that I apologize to the author.

Read an interview with Dan Buri from the Confessions of a Readaholic blog.

In this blog post, Dan Buri discusses writing “Pieces like Pottery”.

A Huffington Post interview with Dan Buri

“Pieces like pottery” is my 4th book of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

From Goodreads: Dan Buri’s first collection of short fiction, Pieces Like Pottery, is an exploration of heartbreak and has spent time at #1 on multiple bestseller lists, including for inspirational short stories and inspirational fiction. The writing is uniquely heartfelt and explores the depths of the human struggle and the human search for meaning in life.

Mr. Buri’s non-fiction works have been distributed online and in print, including publications in Pundit Press, Tree, Summit Avenue Review, and TC Huddle. The defunct and very well regarded Buris On The Couch, was a He-Says/She-Says blog musing on the ups and downs of marriage with his wife.

Mr. Buri is an active attorney in the Pacific Northwest and has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists every year since 2010. He lives in Oregon with his wife and young daughter.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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7 Responses to “Pieces like pottery” by Dan Buri – Book Review

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  3. Really interesting! It reminds me of kintsugi. It’s the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with golden lacquer (or other). Japanese people believe when something breaks, it shouldn’t be thrown out. In fact, those cracks and tears should be highlighted and celebrated as a journey, of what the object went through, and to remain as a reminder of hard times and resilience. Much like with people.


  4. skyecaitlin says:

    This is a lovely review about a book that appears to contain important, life lessons and mindful living. Like you, I loved the title.


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