From the author: The idea for 17 Pieces came from a friends reaction to a bad-sad situation. I had just broken up with someone I adored - I mean, I had the Romeo & Juliet, travel to the ends of the Earth kind of love for them. A few days after our parting, as I was trudging to work, angry at the world, shouting in my head, I received a text message from one of my best friends, it simply read: Im sorry your heart has been broken into 17 Pieces.
Ill try to get them back for you This book is about those 17 Pieces, pieces of a story from a life of loving - of the multitudinous forms that love can take- the love of a friend, a mentor, a place, the love felt from peoples reactions to life altering news, and, of course, romantic love.The pieces are told in various voices and forms, from first person narrative to poetry, unsent letters to extensive lists. For two years I worked on various pieces for this book, eventually having more than the required 17.So, 12 of the pieces were chosen by people who had supported and pledged to my Kickstarter Campaign, with the remaining 5, due to their importance to the book as a whole, being chosen by me.
This book is dedicated to All who have loved, lost, and dared to love again, because it is in that daring that we can find not only love, but our truest selves.I hope you enjoy my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Dean Newby - London, October 2013