Book Review “Pieces like Pottery” by Dan Buri


The first collection of short fiction from Dan Buri, Pieces Like Pottery is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption that announces the arrival of a new American author. In this distinct selection of stories marked by struggle and compassion, Pieces Like Pottery is a powerful examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption.

Filled with graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love. In Expect Dragons, James Hinri learns that his old high school teacher is dying. Wanting to tell Mr. Smith one last time how much his teaching impacted him, James drives across the country revisiting past encounters with his father’s rejection and the pain of his youth. Disillusioned and losing hope, little did James know that Mr. Smith had one final lesson for him.

In The Gravesite, Lisa and Mike’s marriage hangs in the balance after the disappearance of their only son while backpacking in Thailand. Mike thinks the authorities are right—that Chris fell to his death in a hiking accident—but Lisa has her doubts. Her son was too strong to die this young, and no one can explain to her why new posts continue to appear on her son’s blog.
Twenty-Two looks in on the lives of a dock worker suffering from the guilt of a life not lived and a bartender making the best of each day, even though he can see clearly how his life should have been different. The two find their worlds collide when a past tragedy shockingly connects them.

A collection of nine stories, each exquisitely written and charged with merciful insight into the trials of life, Pieces Like Pottery reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter in life and the kindness we receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.

Genre: Literature / Short Fiction
My Review

Pottery is a beautiful art – the art of molding clay into various shapes. The art is truly for the beholder as something which can seem random to someone can mean something incredible for someone else. Dan Buri’s “Pieces like Pottery” is very much like the art of Pottery, and therefore apt with the name. The stories are all molded like clay into some incredible pieces of stories which force the reader to ponder on their meanings and relate it to their lives in some or the other way.

The book is an anthology of 9 stories, each very different from the other. Each stories bring out different layers of human emotions in a slightly grey light but still shining bright. There is something in each of the stories which gives you goosebumps and leaves a lasting impression in your mind about the characters and the setting of the story.

  • The Grave Site is tragic way in which relationship affects in face of hardships and tough times
  • Twenty Two is a brilliant tale on misery, guilt and how life changes depending upon how you handle these emotions. The characters in this story will never leave your mind. The twist in the story will be like a punch in your gut.
  • Expect Dragons talk about the wonderful relationships you foster with some particular people in the growing years of your life. There are always someone who inspires you to go beyond your capability and face life with all its darkness and come out strong.
  • Father talks about the strength of the character versus the power and hold society has over you.
  • Dies Cum Anxieta is yet another beautiful story acknowledging your insecurities but still overcoming it to excel in the task at hand
  • Two Friends talk about the inseparable friendship between Joy and Sorry. Where one is, the other is bound to be.
  • The Ballard of Love and Hate really makes you introspect on your relationship and see it in the light of the events that are mentioned in the story. You cannot have a dry eye after reading this story.

The book is something to be cherished and re-lived for many more times.

Rating: 5 Stars
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