Broken Pencils

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$16.99  $15.80
Jonathan Rice
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.58 inches | 0.5 pounds
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"Broken Pencils is a singular feat of narrative momentum. Dauntless insight and camera angle dance sharply producing a new geometry of storytelling. A geometry royal in its vulnerability and expansive wit. And the expanding interiors of these characters, in their beautiful collective inundation ultimately become our own. J.R. Rice is courage made light."-Tongo Eisen-Martin, poet laureate of San Francisco, California, activist, and author of Blood on the Fog, named the Best Poetry Book of 2021 by Elisa Gabbert of the New York Times "In this literary work, Rice boldly explores the profound impact of losing a loved one and how parents' constant fighting can disrupt their children's happiness. The character of Jonah magnifies this theme, as he is deeply troubled by his past and present. He frequently takes out his anger on others, including his friends and family, and is always in a bad mood. Rice fearlessly delves into Jonah's psychological state while providing each character with a unique voice that sets them apart. Through dialogue, the author masterfully reveals the characters' personalities. The book underscores the vital importance of seeking help to heal mentally and find inner peace, as carrying pain for too long can impede progress. Furthermore, Rice boldly exposes the issue of racism and how black people are often negatively perceived, bringing much-needed attention to this critical issue."- Amanda Hanson, The US Review of Books