Author Dwayne O’Keith Burns’ New Book “Life in Pieces” is a Collection of Vignettes That Tells a Life Story of Struggle, Triumph, and Tragedy with Honesty and Passion

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Recent release “Life in Pieces” from Page Publishing author Dwayne O’Keith Burns is a book of reflection upon a life that began with an idyllic childhood in a loving family and progressed through university and graduate degrees and service in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm in the US Air Force while battling the demons of racism, bigotry, drugs, and violence.

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Dwayne O’Keith Burns, a career educator, Air Force veteran, newspaper reporter, politician, and musician, has completed his new book “Life in Pieces: Vignettes of an Ordinary Life”: a passionate and emotional memoir of a life beset with joys, challenges, and tragedy.

Burns shares, “Life is a fantastic journey that we all pass through. Sometimes it is unfair, cruel, and tragic. We all experience its tribulations. The great poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar once described life as ‘an endless pain with a painful end.’ But there also times when life can be grand. The love of family, the joy of children, and the enjoyment of a loving relationship with a special someone are all things that make life worth living. Many people ponder our existence and try to find and understand the meaning of it. Religion provides some understanding and gives some people purpose. Others see life as an aimless exercise without redeeming value that ends all too abruptly. I have a colleague who shares this view of life. Once, as we were discussing the subject, he posed an interesting question. He said, ‘You know, man created God to explain his existence and to give his life meaning. How else can we explain the difficulties, hardships, suffering, and tragedy that we go through? Some people live their entire lives in poverty and pain, and then they die. Would it have been better if they had never been born?’ Life is a gift, and I believe the greatest thing that you can do is to reach out and help somebody who is less fortunate. The redeeming value is in making someone else’s journey easier. I have lived a life of both joy and pain. Like everyone, I have made mistakes, and I have had some regrets. But I wouldn’t want to change how I’ve lived. The relationships I established and the experiences I’ve gone through have given my life a richness that is immeasurable.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Dwayne O’Keith Burns’s passionate tale evokes the warmth of a well-loved childhood and the challenges facing Americans of color in the 1960’s and beyond.

A story of struggle, triumph, and tragedy told with honesty and passion. “Life in Pieces” is a collection of vignettes from the life of the author who tells of an idyllic childhood impacted by the racism and bigotry of the 1960s. His teen and early adult years marred by drugs, promiscuity, and violence. He finds redemption in military service and eventually finds the love of his life. Throughout, the reader is pulled into this compelling story as the author rises to the heights of success while experiencing and explaining in heart-wrenching detail the greatest tragedy of his life. This is a story of a life of experiences...a life well lived.

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase “Life in Pieces: Vignettes of an Ordinary Life” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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