An Insightful Anthology of Six Lives Facing Life’s Difficulties

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Dean R. Blanchard pens new book, “Pieces of Broken China.”

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one either chooses to rise above temptation or fall into a black pit of despair and oblivion

“In life,” says author Dean R. Blanchard, “one either chooses to rise above temptation or fall into a black pit of despair and oblivion.” In his new book, “Pieces of Broken China” (published by iUniverse), ” chronicles the life of one man’s painful past as he searches for his identity. He is forced to deal with a label that will shadow him for the rest of his life.

“It is a walk I took to find myself,” Blanchard explains. “In doing so I had to shed layers upon layers of revenge and self-pity.”

Blanchard’s anthology expresses the value of self-awareness and of finding one’s self to become respected by family and friends.

“Pieces of Broken China

A father struggles to tell his long-lost daughter that he is not a sex offender. A promise ring becomes the symbol of a boy’s love for a girl he thought he knew. A son stands by his dying mother, and in return, she helps him to make peace with his adopted father. A mother attempts to help her daughter deal with an emotionally crippled Vietnam vet, who happens to also be her father. A wife senses her husband’s sexual preference long before he does, but one evening, he must face his sexuality after an encounter with a gay man in a straight bar.

About the Author
Dean R. Blanchard served for 20 years in the United States Navy before he began healing from his past through writing. He currently lives in Washington State.

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