roken Pieces by Rachel Thompson (2012, 113 pages, 247 KB)
The two previous books by Rachel Thompson, A Walk in the Snark and The Mancode: Exposed, with their sunny fun natures probably will not prepare you for the much darker, deeper reflections in the essays, poems, and vignettes in Broken Pieces. Some of the topics include date rape, suicide, child abuse and the death of loved ones. It is not by any means a maudlin exercise in self-pity but an attempt to look as far as she can into her own soul and grow from tragic experiences. The power in the book is in its ability to make us reflect and perhaps understand a bit more how the worse things in our own lives, both those we have done and others, can make us stronger in the end. I think, for me at least, the best way to read this book was to go through it fairly rapidly initially then go back and try to read with more understanding the pieces that spoke directly to my experiences.