About the Book
Author: Dan Buri
Genre: Short Stories
Number of Pages: 179
Synopsis: AMAZON #1 BESTSELLER. The first collection of short fiction from Dan Buri, Pieces Like Pottery, 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 mirroring themes from each of the five Sorrowful Mysteries. 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.
I don't often read short stories and wasn't sure what to expect, but the first story, The Gravesite, immediately captured my attention and I was hooked. With my oldest son ready to graduate from high school and head out into the world, I felt a connection with the parents and my heart ached for them. When the blog posts began to appear I yearned for their son to be alive and experienced the anguish when it became apparent their son wouldn't be coming home.
I think my very favorite story was Twenty-Two. I kept thinking the man was going to reveal his burden and find peace, but the man's sorrow stems from an event I never would have imagined and his heart is finally set free in a way I didn't predict. I don't want to reveal too much as the surprise in this story is the best part.
Expect Dragons is another wonderful story that reminds us how it only takes one person to make a difference in someone's life.
I found each story to be well written and compelling. I believe the author succeeds and eliciting an emotional response from his readers. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Pieces Like Pottery.
About the Author
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 two-year-old daughter.