Fractured: essays on love, friendship, and the nightmares in between

Love is deaf, dumb, and blind.

And, as her first collection of essays shows, love occasionally strikes author K.J. Pierce utterly stupid.

But love is a huge part of being human, and what else is there to do between the highs of first love and the lows of broken hearts, except trip down the primrose path and swear to never make the same mistakes again? She’s loved (more unrequitedly than not). She’s hated (when there’s nothing else left). She’s made rash decisions (because, honestly, who hasn’t done some level of crazy on account of love?)

In short: K.J. has been deaf, dumb, blind, stupid, and guilty of the occasional ill-thought-out plan – sometimes all at the same time.

From contemplating beauty to confronting her own fears to befriending rockstars, K.J. reflects on the nature of love. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, but always honest, she savors friends and lovers who stayed awhile, learns from those who merely passed through, and often finds the answers she seeks are met only with more questions.

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Here’s What Readers are Saying


~”…if you enjoyed “Sex and the City”, and other humorous commentary on modern relationships and romance, you might very well enjoy this book. It’s a sweet, slightly sardonic look at bad relationship choices and why we make them (or at least, why she did).”


~“I say “clever” to describe Ms. Pierce’s essays … because of the anti-fairytale narrative she applies in bringing us into her world. […] But somehow, in that moment when she seems to get “there”, she somehow always finds herself tragically sitting somewhere along the outer reaches of its circumference. In the final analysis, Ms. Pierce concludes that she may never get “there” and that perhaps her endless search for that special person may be of no fault but her own–but that’s okay: Lover her or hate her, she’s happy with who she is and where she’s at.”

~”K.J. Pierce is a good writer. This short book of essays took me by surprise. How? Because it impressed the hell out of me, and I wasn’t in the mood to be impressed about anything at that time. The Pieces in “Fractured” are open, honest, and courageous…oh, and their language ain’t bad either.”

~”When I first heard about ‘Fractured’, I was intrigued to see how it would turn out. As I began to read it, instantly I could picture myself in these situations because I have been there before. It is down to earth nitty gritty at it’s finest. There is no bollocks pulled to make it a ‘fairy tale’, but a splash of cold water in the form of reality.”

~”This quote taken from her book struck me as profound, “As easy as it is to blame someone else when hurt feelings come into play, it really was irrelevant who was at fault in the demise of my previous relationships, romantic or otherwise. The fact of the matter is that they all had one thing in common: me. I figure that has to mean something.” I agree. And so she begins with herself. Wise indeed. While deeply pensive and introspective, Fractured is also rich in the comic as Ms. Pierce is gifted with a wonderful sense of humor. And that’s a good thing because she’s needed it.”