Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Picking up the Pieces with Rachel Thompson

Does it take more creative talent to make a reader laugh, or cry? It’s one of those age-old questions. Whatever the answer, Rachel Thompson possesses the writing chops to do both.

Readers may be familiar with Thompson’s humorous stories, and pervasive online presence, but in the nonfiction book Broken Pieces, she unveils another, darker side that’s just as powerful.

Child abuse, relationships gone bad, eating disorders, workplace harassment, suicide, redemption: it sounds like a laundry list of self-help items. Instead, Thompson bleeds emotions into this collection of short essays, and demonstrates the power of the psyche.

As a survivor of suicide myself – since that’s what they call those left behind – the connection Thompson makes of feelings of guilt, and not quite being able to leave it behind years later, rings true:

“Suicide is devastating for those left behind. I’m not his family. No longer lovers though still connected by invisible wires and time.”

In Broken Pieces, Thompson speaks of truths that touch the human condition – ones we can connect with.
“[Women] carry former lovers, long lost, inside our limbs. We feel their caresses, remember exactly how their tongues entwined with ours as our bodies melted, their eyes on ours as their entered us; even our cells remember the exquisite burn.”
 As a romance writer, it’s powerful material, and provides a glimpse into the psyche of a woman who’s been through a lot, and has come out even stronger.

Available via Amazon.

About Rachel Thompson

I’m a chick who writes stuff that sometimes makes you laugh, other times makes you cry...or at least think.
My top nonfiction books are as follows:
My first book, A Walk In The Snark, hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list September, 2011 (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.) & it’s still on that list today! I was thrilled to find out that Snark had been nominated and achieved Best Nonfiction runner-up in The 2012 eFestival Of Words Awards!
It's not all funny, but it is all honest.

Twitter: @RachelintheOC


Tour Information Page
Giveaway: 4 $25 Amazon gift cards + one ebook copy of Broken Pieces; 5 ebook copies of Broken Pieces.


  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful review, Louisa. It's quite a risk -- putting myself out there in such a vulnerable position for all the world to see if they so choose -- but your review and others like it bolster me that it's the right thing.

    thank you again!

  2. Essays are my favorite form of writing... I will be sure to add this to my TRB list.