Since becoming an author myself, I have met and befriended many other authors.
It had the unfortunate effect of making my to-read list even longer, but the benefits of reading some incredible works far outweigh this.
One such author is Dan Buri. We connected through social media, chatted, and had found a common language even though our genres of interest vary wildly.
A few weeks later, Dan ran a giveaway for his novel Pieces Like Pottery. I was lucky enough to win a copy.
Now, the novel is not fantasy. It’s not historical fiction. It’s not what I normally read. It can best be described as literary fiction, stories of regular people dealing with issues of loss and hearkbreak. It took me a while to get to it. I don’t get a lot of time to read, especially not whilst drafting a novel. But once started, I couldn’t wait to keep reading the stories. Dan has a tremendous ability to portray complex emotions and situations, in clear and unpretentious prose. His stories touched a chord in my soul, as I imagine they would in adult who faced the altogether too-common issues of loss, anxiety, depression and heartbreak.
I think he’s one author who’s going to make it into the limelight in years to come. I certainly hope he does. I want more of his stories.
Below is my review of Pieces Like Pottery, as posted on Amazon. Take a moment to read it. You might discover something wonderful, like I did.
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 from page into emotions. Those stories touch us on a basic human level, and evoke strong emotions by echoing our own lives. It has been a while since I came across literary fiction that was written gently yet so emotionally and thought provoking. I am eagerly awaiting more works by Mr Buri.
What you should be wary of:
As mentioned, these stories do touch a basic cord in our human lives. Perhaps not all, but some stories will undoubtedly echo something strongly emotional. This is not light airport reading, but a book to be savoured.
If you enjoy literary fiction and are not afraid of material that might make you feel, and not just escape into fantasy, I strongly recommend you get Dan’s Pieces Like Pottery a chance. You will not be sorry.