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Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces

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by Rachel Thompson
Not easy subjects -- love, loss, sexual abuse, date rape, grief -- but real ones, told in pieces (thus the title). Broken Pieces is a work of non-fiction.

Poetry, prose, and essays to let you into one woman's life -- a searingly raw examination of topics most people avoid.

Already a #1 best seller on Amazon (eBooks) on Women's Poetry and Abuse, this book is


Not easy subjects -- love, loss, sexual abuse, date rape, grief -- but real ones, told in pieces (thus the title). Broken Pieces is a work of non-fiction.

Poetry, prose, and essays to let you into one woman's life -- a searingly raw examination of topics most people avoid.

Already a #1 best seller on Amazon (eBooks) on Women's Poetry and Abuse, this book is recommended for mature audiences only.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book review - Tracy Riva
Love, loss, sexual abuse, date rape, grief. Not easy subjects, but real ones -- told in pieces (thus the title). Poetry, prose, and essays to let you into one woman's life.
'5-stars! It is rare when a writer puts so much of him or herself on the paper that you can see them bleed, but Rachel Thompson boldly steps out of the shadows and puts herself in the light that shows her wounds, her flaws, her heart and you can't help but be moved.

This book is about surviving and thriving.'
Amazon - Dr. Bojan Tunguz
In "Broken Pieces" Rachel brings out some of the darkest and most traumatic experiences of her life and lays them out for the world to see.

As the title of this book suggests, the personal experiences explored in "Broken Pieces" and their impact on Rachel's life are fragmented and disjointed. There are certain themes that join them, such as trust, intimacy and sexuality.

Thompson is a wonderful stylist, and the whole book is is written in a very lyrical and poignant prose.

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Libertary Co.
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

This is my most intensive work to date.

Broken Pieces is a work of nonfiction essays, poetry, and prose where I open my soul and invite you in for a visit. It's vulnerable, it's raw honesty, it's no-holds barred. This is the first book I've published where I questioned if readers and reviewers would respond favorably due to the serious nature of the work.

And yet, they have.

Most readers know me as the funny girl, but this work (hinted at in A Walk In The Snark), shows that I can go into those long buried rooms, the ones we lock up deep inside, and share.

These stories were there. I simply had to wait until my brain caught up.

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Broken Pieces 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
The_Hambledown_Dreamer More than 1 year ago
Upon purchasing Broken Pieces, I thought that I would read it over a week or so and savor it as I do with most books. I started reading it after finishing a night shift at my hospital and I did not stop until I had turned the last page. And, when I lay down my reader, I sat back. I was stunned. I was moved and I was changed.  Rachel Thomson's series of essays, which examine the deepest and often darkest recesses of her life, are like a sucker punch to the stomach. Unflinchingly honest, even brutal are descriptions that many reviewers have used to describe this work and I cannot add to those really. Broken pieces is indeed those things but there is something more within its pages - a power, a courage, a potential. Rachel's examination of herself is so raw and honest. By allowing us into her world, Rachel allows us to examine her but she also encourages us to examine ourselves. Her experiences here are unique to her, yet they are unique to many of us. And, within that, Broken Pieces has the potential to start a conversation that may well lead to the healing of many like Rachel. One cannot help but be in awe of what she has achieved. To be honest, I am speechless in the aftermath of Broken Pieces. It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read.
Write_On More than 1 year ago
Raw, compelling and emotional are words that come quickly to mind when reviewing this book. Rachel Thompson offers words that provoke reflection and at the same time offer support to other victims of similar experiences of abuse. In short, effective chapters, the book is at times heartbreaking. For me the final  outcome was a sense of inspiration as Thompson picks up the pieces, becomes stronger as she heals and leaves  no uncertainty as to how her life will go on. Brava!  
Laurie_K More than 1 year ago
Trials and Triumph Broken Pieces is a profound story of emotional, physical, and mental healing. The words are powerful and encompass the heartwrenching journey of a young woman who evolves through abuse.  Through the pain, anger, sadness, and connection to how abuse is able to hardwire a loving heart into a battered path--Broken Pieces is an artfully written book
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
A volume of short, life-based pieces about love, pain, survival and transformation. This is a book the reader needs to take on its own terms. The essays/poems are loosely organized. Trying to impose a thematic/chronological structure on them is a sure way to become disoriented. BROKEN PIECES isn't pretty. It isn't polished commentary. Thompson is not looking back on the events of her life with measured objectivity. Her subject matter (sexual abuse, dating violence, broken trust) can be difficult to face head on, but her voice is clear and honest. It's as if she's allowing us to observe the workings of her brain as she process experiences which can only be taken in small bites. We become caught up in her personal and beautifully imperfect storm of anger, confusion, love, despair, and ultimately, acceptance. I can't say I enjoyed this book. "Enjoy" just isn't the right word. It misses the whole  point, I think. BROKEN PIECES made me sad and angry and even a little embarrassed...as if I were eavesdropping on someone's intimate conversation with her younger self or maybe "collective self" is a better word--the sum total of  all the different Rachel Thompsons that had to live and break to create the one  living right now.
DianeKristen More than 1 year ago
This  honest outpouring of emotion, reflection, grief, pain and healing is beautifully, courageously and fearlessly written. I applaud the author's efforts.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lia Simitsiadou for Readers' Favorite Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson is truly a unique book. A compilation of essays, each one independent of but connected to the rest, so as to construct a seemingly random string of confessions from the very soul of the author. Seen as one, they make up a powerful narration of her life. Life-changing, scarring experiences that no woman should have to endure, such as childhood abuse and a passionate, karmic, but destructive love, deeply affected the author's psyche. Each word, each line leads the reader through her experiences, the depth of her emotions, flowing seamlessly from  past to present, depicting how her past marked her marriage and family and formed the remarkable person she is today.  Rachel Thompson endeavors and eventually succeeds in getting the reader emotionally involved in her life's story, the unfathomable darkness and rawness of a multitude of the feelings she describes but which a large majority of readers will relate to. Every woman can relate to another woman's emotional world, her soul and the impact of tragedy, love, family and motherhood on a female's life. A large majority of women will even be able to identify with many of her expressed (or unexpressed) thoughts and emotions, even the more delicate nuances and colors. Broken Pieces is not only a memoir of the soul-searing experiences of a special woman. It is a tribute to the greatness of every woman's truth and essence, how deep she can love and trust, how dark the depths of her grief and pain are, but simultaneously how magnificent is her ability to rise from her ashes and love again. That's what all women are: the total sum of our scars - but glorious, nonetheless.
carrolwolve More than 1 year ago
As with many comedians and comedic writers, there exists another, much darker side. In this highly poetic 100 page book, the author reveals repeatedly how she dealt with death, suicide, molestation, and rape. These are the things women fight talking about. It comes out, however, in one form or another. Lightening flashes of excellence strike as she writes. Although listed as totally fiction, it does not read as fiction and is not. It reads as the soul exposed. She tells us “women have rooms inside.” We have invisible scars. She elects to speak of them in “a tapestry of glass woven with lies and tears” in her “double spaced life.” You must know pain to know love per Thompson. This is journal therapy turned poetic. I will add to it that age and maturity increase depth and understanding. It also allows the suffering we all share in some form to be spoken. As she points out, you must be old enough and mature enough to listen. She is most courageous for giving voice to the pain felt by the more emotional “weaker sex.” We are not weak at all. We are survivors, and I congratulate her for sharing her deepest emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago