I used this link: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/brokenness

"Reynolds says he hopes that his books can serve as both a mirror of a life and a window into another. “All I want kids to know is that I see them for who they are and not who everyone thinks they are,” he says. He is committed, he says, to getting their stories right — “and putting that on the page with integrity and balance, to acknowledge the glory and the brokenness. That’s all I want to do. It’s a lot, but so are they.”"

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/he-didnt-read-books-as-a-kid-but-jason-reynolds-wants-to-make-sure-your-kids-do/2017/10/23/ed4b55da-9d4c-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-arts%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.666fb76b3c25

  • Brokenness literally means "the state or condition of being broken", like any adjective-ness combination does. Does that help?
    – stangdon
    Oct 25, 2017 at 11:21

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By the word 'brokenness', the author wants to convey the meaning of imperfection. He wants to say that he will be completely disinterested and unbiased in his judgements. He will acknowledge the glory of those stories as well as their imperfection.

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