True Fiction

Reprinted from PN December 2012

Broken Into Pieces is a fictionalized account of a true story.

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Broken Into Pieces by author and playwright Eleanor Ryan is a fictionalized account of a true story.

Following the toxic cocktail of youthful invincibility, a hot sports car and booze, combined with a freak ice storm, Ron Evans’s car accident forever alters his future.

His mother, Janice, tells the story of the family’s journey through denial and despair as she finds herself unable to deal with her son’s irreversible spinal-cord injury, brain injury and, following his release from the hospital, his downward spiral into drug addiction. As she searches for answers, she realizes she must accept the fact that the son she once knew will never come home again.

When asked if he objected to the publication of his story, Ron pointed to his wheelchair and said, “Take a good look at me. If by telling my story one kid is saved from making the same stupid mistakes I did, then it will be worth it.”

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