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Pieces Like Pottery

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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
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published October 2nd 2015 by DJB Publishing
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Dan Buri I'm sorry I didn't notice this question earlier! Each of the five main stories have links while also intending to stand on their own as individual sto…moreI'm sorry I didn't notice this question earlier! Each of the five main stories have links while also intending to stand on their own as individual stories. Each story follows the theme from the corresponding Sorrowful Mystery. So...
The Gravesite - The Crucifixion
Twenty-two - The Carrying of the Cross
Expect Dragons - The Crowning with Thorns
Father - The Scourging at the Pillar
The Ballad of Love and Hate - The Agony in the Garden

So I'll work to break one of them down. (I can do more if you'd like, but I don't want to presume that you don't want to search yourself after this answer.) The first story in Pieces Like Pottery is The Gravesite. The fruits of reflection of The Crucifixion is the pardoning of injuries. Much of the story is around loss and forgiveness. There are ten stage in this mystery:

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery


1. The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.
2. Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
3.This day you will be with Me in paradise."
4. Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your Mother."
5. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
6. I thirst."
7. It is finished."
8. Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
9. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
10. Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Each blog post from The Gravesite reflects one of these ten. There are also little ties throughout the story to the dates posted, the names, and a few other easter eggs (so to speak).

In addition, each of the four intervening stories and poems link the themes of the two mysteries on each side of them, much as the doxology does in Catholic tradition.

I am happy to point out the direct ties of which blog post ties to which of those 10. I can also layout the thematic structure for the other five main stories as well. Each story follows the 10 stages in each mystery. Each story also has other placements of the importance of numbers, names used, etc. (e.g. The son's name in the first story is Chris. e.g. The dockworker in the second story always sits in the 6th stool until the final night, when he sits in the 7th.) There's a lot of those easter eggs throughout the entire book.)

It didn't take me 7 years to finish for nothing! :)(less)
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DJ Sakata
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Her tears never seemed to fade in the last year. There was a permanent quality to her sorrow that failed to grow weary.

Religion and faith are full of abnormalities and paradoxes. Faith is to be respected, maybe the most respected. It’s the idea, though, that I need to conform to see the world the way he sees it in order to really live life. I can’t wrap my head around how small-minded this is… I prefer to believe in a world that is much bigger than one size fits all. I simply can
Assaph Mehr
I truly loved this literary fiction, and I believe it's on its way to becoming a timeless masterpiece.

What to expect:
A few short stories and two short poems. All are n a contemporary setting, with some vague interconnectedness. The theme that runs throughout is about regular people dealing with everyday issues of loss as life around them happens.

What I liked:
The prose is unpretentious, clearly and strongly written. Mr Buri has a great, deceptively simple, style that manages to bridge the gap fro
"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 bes
Whispering Stories
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review**

Buri makes full use of literary devices and expertly creates depth and dimension to his characters which can sometimes be missing from the short story format.

The writing style is consistent and evenly paced. Each piece shares common themes of sadness and despair with ultimate acceptance and redemption but the stories are in no way repetitious.

He has tackled hugely emotive areas with skill, sensitivity and insight, creating
Dakota Willink
Short stories are not my typical read, especially dark tear-jerker ones. But there was something about the cover that drew me in...once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. My favorites in the collection were "The Gravesite", "Twenty-Two", and "The Ballad of Love and Hate".

In the "Gravesite", it was hard not to relate to the despair and hope of a grieving parent. It truly broke my heart at times. The story shows the complexity of the human mind, and that no matter how hard the rock bottom
Devi Nair
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 th
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this collection 10 stars instead of 5. Its an awesome read from the start to finish.

I cannot specify which amongst the stories are my personal favourites because they all are. Each of the story in this collection has the power to pull the strings of your heart. The stories will make you grieve, cry, smile through your tears, empathize, introspect, in fact, they will make you feel every emotion that exists under the sun. The title for this collection is perfectly apt. The coll
Jacky Dahlhaus
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read about three stories and couldn't read on. I found the first one very moving at first, but soon it felt too doom and gloom. I thought 'this is just the first, the others will be different.' But they are all doom and gloom! I don't like doom and gloom. There is so much of it in the real world already. I suppose that if you have been, or know somebody who has been, in a situation portrayed in the book it could give you solace as it tells you to keep going, to move on, etc. But, even though I ...more
Benyakir Horowitz
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I began reading this novella (I have no idea what the classifications for these sorts of words are, but it was definitely longer than a short story and shorter than a book), I was expecting something like a collection or anthology. Instead, what I got were several small but possibly independent chapters that build up to a powerful conclusion.

What I liked about Pieces Like Pottery is that it conveys an understandable emotion. From the mom's and dad's attempts to understand their son's writin
Lloyd Andrew Green
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The longing to look away from Pieces Like Pottery is disturbing. This is because many of us would rather avoid the uncomfortable feelings evoked by the short stories of Dan Buri. Don’t misunderstand me, this review really is a positive appraisal of these grippingly enticing short stories of misery and regret.

Here are three examples:

Imagine trying to deal with your incapacitating grief when your dead child keeps showing signs that they might be alive.

What really drives a man to continue for yea
Den Ch
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely appreciate for author Dan Buri gave me the stunning story, which i found to be the most interesting novel that i have been reading of this year. It was sad and touching about this family of losing their son which made the parents struggling in life living as it is LOVE. Some of the most fascinating in this book that i found are many great quotes, which encouraging, teaching, and even guide you of doing something accordingly to your heart and the fact that we faces. One of my favorite ...more
Valicity Elaine
This is a collection of short stories, a very nice and delicate book that speaks to your heart and plays on your emotion as a reader. It’s original and reminds me of those Chicken Soup stories I used to read when I was younger, not because it’s a collection of short stories but because it has that realism and ‘life lessons’ type of theme.

The first thing I want to say about this book is that the cover is very nice. It definitely speaks to what kind of book this is, very calming and very meaningfu
Victor Davis
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
I am so pleased to see so many positive reviews of this first publication by new author Dan Buri. I have always gravitated toward short stories, and this collection is so unique it beckons a new kind of reader. The stories are intimately yet subtly connected, giving both a feeling of cohesion, and that slightly thrilling feeling of spying a little clue that reveals how two characters from two separate stories are connected. In that way the author has structured it almost as a mystery novel, chal ...more
Scott Spotson
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was skeptical of the dramatic writing, descending to the depths of profound despair, but over the span of this book, it grew on me.

My favourite stories were the one concerning a perky adult son who has arranged to have his keen observations on love and wonder continually posted in the event of his accidental death, and the one where a lonely young man visits his former high school teacher, just as the later is dying of old age, but still full of wisdom earned over a long and happy li
Ana Meyer
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was not emotionally prepared for what this book did to me. It is a collection of short stories about love and loss and the toll they take of the people involved. I was brought to tears several times and not because I could relate to what the characters were going through but I felt for their pain. I think however many people can more directly relate to what these characters go through as many have experienced that type of loss themselves.

The book kept me interested by keeping the stories compa
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Received this book from the author for an honest review*

This book is a collection of short stories about loss. To be honest, I go into reading this book not expecting too much as I don't really read books with a collection of short stories but this book really changed my view on these kinds of books. All of the stories are really well by Dan.

This book really gets me so emotionally several times throughout the book, Dan really made an effort to write about the pain and loss the people in the boo
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great collections of short stories. These stories were very well written and I enjoyed the whole book. I felt different emotions with every story. This was a beautiful book. This was a compelling collections and you should see what you think. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Heather Murata
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dan Buri’s, Pieces Like Pottery, is a collection of philosophical short stories and poems that all contribute to an underlying theme—the unique ways in which we respond to the more difficult lessons that life throws at us. Personal growth and development take a central role as the reader explores such topics as:

• The search for love
• The marriage relationship
• Parenting
• Family ties, obligations, and responsibilities
• Personal responsibility, confidence, self-esteem
• Death and other forms of lo
Aquinnah Bree
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars for lyrical writing and a heartfelt analysis of humanity

I met Dan on Twitter around this time last year, and it was a true joy to experience his book. In the midst of its mystery and tragedy, there is something overwhelmingly peaceful about this collection of short stories and poems. Each piece is a powerful combination of lyrical writing, a heartfelt analysis of humanity and a quiet message that leaves you to draw your own conclusions.

Perhaps my favorite short story in the book is “Ex
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
This is a truly inspirational set of short stories, the common themes being loss, guilt, love, redemption and coping. I found that I was totally drawn to the characters in the stories and really felt and empathised with everything they were going through - not an easy thing for an author to achieve consistently with short fiction. The writing was stimulating and expressive, the stories were thought-provoking and moving and I just never wanted the book to end - however, I was so engrossed that I ...more
Kimelene Carr
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading these fictional stories felt as if I were taking a journey through the emotions of each character... so expertly vivid were the author's sketches of their lives, thoughts, feelings and their emotional walk through life's often tumultuous path.

The characters were very real with real problems and situations that are commonly faced by persons today. And so, it is easy for readers to involve themselves in the character's lives and relate to their disenchantment. And as sorrowful and tragic
Terry Cyr
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love books that help me encounter people I may or may not meet on my own. I also love short story collections, and Dan Buri delivers on both counts.

I found the first story ("The Graveyard") difficult to follow. There are many complete excerpts of a lost son's blog posts that break up the plot and a peppering of words I had to look up. After the first few stories, the rest of the book came alive and drew me in. I found "Twenty-Two," "Expect Dragons," and "Father" the most compelling pieces. "T
Cynthia Turner
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best collections that I have read in a long time. Simply beautiful book and enjoyable read.
Anais Chartschenko
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Even when the stories turned bleak, Buri wove a realistic line of hope through them. I'll be considering the messages in his stories for quite some time. ...more
Summer McGaha
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt, deep, and sincere.
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“Pieces Like Pottery” is a great collection of stories that showcase strong emotions and deeds in the lives of the characters contained within. It’s an extremely well written anthology that deserves to be read and talked about. I would never suspect that it is a first try at a collected volume; the author is well versed in the art of storytelling. And that does not mean only the creation of a fine story, it means the power to invoke an emotional response in his readers.
Gail Chumbley
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Caroline Barker
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a regular reader of romance novels, Pieces Like Pottery is quite a refreshing change from the romantic version of love as it delves into different variants of love, such as the love felt for a relative, a best friend and mentor, and even the love/pride we have for our career and the way in which it can bring us to care for others that we meet with regularly. There are certainly many ways to love, and to feel loss of a different kind, which is what Pieces Like Pottery explores within its nine ...more
Liza Hanoman
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"An Astounding, Captivating, Philosophical Read" - Tattle House Publishing, Editorial Team
Tattle House Publishing, West End, Anguilla, British West Indies

Tattle House Publishing (THP) has reviewed Dan Buri's novel.
In doing so, they have reviewed most of its chapters, excluding Breathless, and which are located in the abovementioned Review Blog.

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