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Pieces, Chris Lynch

Label
Pieces
Title
Pieces
Statement of responsibility
Chris Lynch
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eighteen-year-old Eric deals with the loss of his older brother Duane by meeting three of the seven recipients of Duane's organs a year after his death, and pondering who they are to him, and he to them
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.
Review
  • Grades 8-12 When Lynch published Iceman in 1994, it was his second novel. Almost two decades and dozens of books later, Lynch returns to Eric and Duane, siblings and best friends—though things have changed. Pieces opens in a hospital as Eric struggles to accept Duane’s death and to consent to organ donation. A year later Eric must decide if he wants to meet the recipients. He attends a high tea where he meets the beneficiaries: sweet, friendless Phil; obnoxious masher Barry; and fragile, beautiful single mother Melinda among them. Eric feels ready to move on, until Martha, Duane’s ex-girlfriend and Eric’s eternal crush, appears, determined to meet the recipients herself, and things become messily human. Lynch paints a cast of indelible characters, even secondary players, with a deft, sensitive hand. And despite the specificity of Eric’s circumstances, his complicated, shifting emotions are immediately resonant. Though the complex family dynamic (and strange affinity for death) explored in Iceman adds nuance to the proceedings here, this novel stands on its own, rewarding new readers with a tender exploration of just what it means to be whole. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 03-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 13, p62)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up — It has been three years since the events recorded in Iceman (HarperCollins, 1994), Lynch's novel about 14-year-old Eric, a tough and angry hockey player who struggles to understand his feelings and his place in his family. In those years, Eric has given up the sport and, more significantly, his older brother has died after a diving accident. At the start of Pieces , Eric is attempting to process his feelings, especially now that bits and pieces of Duane have been transplanted and live on in the bodies of strangers. Eric initiates a meeting with three of the recipients: a sweet teen named Phil, who benefits from Duane's inner-ear bones; the "überhot" Malinda, a young mom who received Duane's kidney; and the antagonistic and heavy-drinking Barry, who lives thanks to Duane's liver. Eric is both comforted and shocked by the trio, but, along with Duane's former girlfriend, Martha, the five quickly become embroiled in one another's lives, and Eric and Martha find the freedom to grieve and move forward. Lynch is known for his gritty novels with flawed protagonists. He does not disappoint here, once again giving readers characters with emotional and psychological complexity. A long time coming, this sequel is a sophisticated, extended look at a teen's maturation and growth through a series of dynamic life changes.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA --Jennifer Miskec (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 5, p118)
  • "I am seventeen years old. Or I was, before my big shitslice of a brother went diving into the quarry and broke his neck and his skull and my grip on the world... Now I'm about seven," says Eric, who still feels unmoored and angry one year after his brother's death. Unable to connect to his parents and weighing whether to enter the Navy, Eric seeks out the recipients of Duane's organ donations in hopes of finding solace. Obnoxious Barry has (and intends to abuse) Duane's liver; a gentle teenager, Phil, is overcome with gratitude for Duane's inner-ear bones; and an attractive young mother, Melinda, has his kidney. Readers get to know Duane through the conversations Eric keeps up with him in his mind, and Duane's snarky philosophical phrases ("It's a long fall, off a high horse. Remember that, Brother") appear between chapters. When Duane's pushy ex, Martha, reenters Eric's life, she ignites familiar and confusing emotions. Using succinct prose, Lynch creates a smart, raw story about redefining oneself after loss. Ages 12–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed March 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A teenage boy seeks connections with the people who received his beloved brother's donated organs in this darkly humorous novel by the author of Inexcusable (2005). A year after his 20-year-old brother Duane died in a diving accident, 18-year-old Eric still can't seem to move forward. In an attempt to keep the "nothingness that is filling the Duane space" from taking hold, he reaches out to three of the donors who received his brother's "pieces." After meeting shy, redheaded Phil, brassy Barry and sweet single mom Melinda, Eric finds himself constantly asking the questions, "Who are these people? Who are they, to me? Who am I, to them?" Duane's outspoken and softhearted ex-girlfriend Martha dispenses advice and comic relief as Eric puzzles out the answers and tries not to fall for beautiful Melinda, who is eight years his senior. As these unusual relationships take root, Eric realizes that what the donors are to him is a freshly minted family that helps ease the pain of the one that he lost. Each character springs fully formed off the page, and Lynch's irreverent, inventive dialogue crackles, turning what could have easily been a maudlin soap opera into a sharply observed story of real human connection. Readers will be pleasantly reminded of the snarky stylings of John Green and Ned Vizzini. Exceptional. (Fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170630
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Chris
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Young adult
  • 700
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • UG
  • High School
LC call number
PZ7.L979739
LC item number
Pie 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.4.
  • 4.3.
  • 4.4
  • 4.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Brothers
  • Donation of organs, tissues, etc
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Brothers
  • Donation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Brothers
  • Death
  • Donation of organs, tissues, etc
  • Grief
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Pieces, Chris Lynch
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn768417852
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
168 pages
Isbn
9781416927037
Lccn
2011042049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)768417852
Label
Pieces, Chris Lynch
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn768417852
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
168 pages
Isbn
9781416927037
Lccn
2011042049
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)768417852

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