Fractured: essays on love, friendship, and the nightmares in between

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In this collection of personal essays, author K.J. Pierce reflects on the nature of love, relationships, and emotional attachments, examining not only what others have come to teach her, but her own motivations as well. More

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About K.J. Pierce

K.J. Pierce was born into an Army family and spent much of her younger years bouncing between the U.S. and Germany. She holds a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College, an MLitt in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling, Scotland, and sometimes feels that college ruined her. She mainly focuses on script writing (film and play) and Creative Non Fiction, and will occasionally venture into the realm of fiction.

She also loves to indulge her inner child. Frequently.

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Review by: Patricia Silverberg on Aug. 05, 2011 :
Fractured by K.J Pierce. It is a witty, humorous, insightful view in EVERYBODY’s relationships and emotional attachments. She just goes deeper into analyzing life that than we all do. Even though we all resemble part of Pierce in her Fractured, most of us are too afraid to take the road Pierce has taken to make sense out of our lives. Fractured is witty, humorous, deep down honest and intriguing. I want more!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Patricia Silverberg on Aug. 05, 2011 :
Fractured by K.J Pierce. It is a witty, humorous, insightful view in EVERYBODY’s relationships and emotional attachments. She just goes deeper into analyzing life that than we all do. Even though we all resemble part of Pierce in her Fractured, most of us are too afraid to take the road Pierce has taken to make sense out of our lives. Fractured is witty, humorous, deep down honest and intriguing. I want more!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: James Watson on July 26, 2011 :
Upon beginning Fractured some forty minutes ago, I can safely say I was rather unprepared for it. The blurb tells of a reflection on ‘the nature of love, relationships, and emotional attachments,’ but having actually experienced what the book has to offer, it’s clear to me that there’s a lot more to this collection of personal essays.

Reaching the end of this intimate and strangely powerful work was an odd feeling. Having sat down in the warm sunshine bathing the my living room to enter the mind of author K.J. Pierce, it wasn’t long until that warm sunshine seemed quite distant- Fractured is quite frequently as heartbreaking as is insightful. However, there’s a very real sense of redemption upon absorbing the final words, and I think it’s only upon completing the book that it becomes apparent how positive the message is- it all depends on how you interpret it.

Fractured by name, the collection is also, in a way, ‘fractured’ by nature, not in a negative light however, and certainly not in any way that acts as a hindrance. I’d compare the reader’s experience to looking inside the author’s mind- you’re seeing broken memories, ideas and thoughts, all beautifully realised on page in a form that’s perfectly coherent, yet retains this sense of- for want of a better word- chaos. Even more amazing is that for its relatively short length, Fractured is an incredibly absorbing and fulfilling read. We get a crystal clear sense of who this person is, and what they’re trying to tell us, which is remarkable given the amount of words we’re given.

Beautifully presented by an author carrying a lifetime of loss and hurt, Fractured is not something I’d have read were I not given the opportunity, but I’m thrilled that I was. Often hilarious, frequently devastating, and consistently insightful, K. J. Pierce’s work isn’t asking a lot of your time, but in return it can offer you a fascinating look into one person’s observations on love, and it how it can bend and break us. You can afford to buy this book. I guarantee it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Beth Trissel on June 29, 2011 :
Fractured is a unique and interesting take on relationships, mostly of a romantic nature, but also friendship. Very well written and engaging, I downloaded and read it in one sitting.

Author Keiti Pierce has led a colorful life with an eclectic succession of ‘man boys’ with whom she explored the possibility of obtaining that intangible ‘something more,’ that rare relationship in which she can fully express and share herself with someone equally capable of giving back. The search continues, but she’s learned a great deal along the way and gleaned insights well worth sharing with fellow seekers, or anyone interested in how people relate—or don’t—and why that might be. This quote taken from her book struck me as profound, “As easy as it is to blame someone else when hurt feelings come into play, it really was irrelevant who was at fault in the demise of my previous relationships, romantic or otherwise. The fact of the matter is that they all had one thing in common: me. I figure that has to mean something.”

I agree. And so she begins with herself. Wise indeed. While deeply pensive and introspective, Fractured is also rich in the comic as Ms. Pierce is gifted with a wonderful sense of humor. And that’s a good thing because she’s needed it.~
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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