In the first chapter of her memoir, Broken: A Love Story, Lisa Jones elicits both laughter and tears. This might simply be the mark of a strong writer’s ability to connect with her readers’ base emotions, but the theme of opposites is something that also threads the book.

The two sides of a man’s personality. Suffering and redemption. Death and life. A face that’s half-burned, half not. And the plain contrast between the comforts of developed Colorado and the stark, windswept poverty of the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.

Broken very much incorporates the yin and the yang, but to focus entirely on dichotomies would be to miss the point.”It wasn’t intentional in any conscious way,” Jones said in a March 2011 interview from her home in Boulder, Colorado. “That’s very similar to Stanford Addison’s…”

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