Like so many men, Prentice Paul Hiller is searching for that elusive 'white buffalo,' that clear image of himself that reveals some meaning and legacy to his life. What he has is a mirror of his past, cracked with the stress of all his memories: a family broken apart by their Appalachian circumstances and the 'great depression;' a childhood tainted by a father's abusive nature; an impetuous marriage and a sorrowful divorce; a subsequent search of 'isms,' for love and meaning in California and Arizona bars; a tableau of horrible events, including a senseless murder and a desert survival.
THE CRACKED MIRROR, Reflections of an Appalachian Son, is a fictional memoir which is more truth than fiction, which deals honestly and painfully with the reality that emotional debris can deliver. It is the story of a man, his heritage, his mistakes, and the events which have helped to shape him, and about the demon within that he cannot dispel. The story reveals the man's passionate and provocative views on criminal justice, love, politics, religion, war, and his favorite writers. His views will likely connect with many, and, with some, perhaps not so much.
THE CRACKED MIRROR, Reflections of an Appalachian Son, is a compelling and engaging read.
ONE READER'S BOOK REVIEW:
5.0 out of 5 starsStrong writing, powerful story...
August 1, 2018
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Tragedy spares no one, but some of us experience its harsh edges more than others. Billy Ray Chitwood is a writer who has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly. In his fictional memoir, The Cracked Mirror, he brings this knowledgebase to life, and we readers feel, see and know through his brilliant choice of words. This skill is what endears me to his writing.
BIOGRAPHY I'm a young man in an old body, trying to catch up to myself, trying to find pieces of me I left back in a disconnected youth and the early years of manhood. I'm a stereotype of many in my generation who can play the 'blame game', yell 'foul', and 'let's start over'. But, we are what we are, the sum of all the scary kid-emotions we experienced, the gin mills and piano bars that became our sandboxes of pleasure - lotus eaters of the best (or, worst) kind, the love affairs that did not quite settle us down, the sad poetry and songs written in bars and motels along the way... A Dreamer! A Wanderlust! The world needs such fools as we to write our books, our poetry, our songs, to offset the madness that plagues the soul.
I've written eighteen books, some 400 hundred blog posts, in search of those pieces left somewhere in Appalachia and many parts of the globe. Literary gems? The readers are the ultimate judges. My writing has a clarity of style and excellent character development...I humbly suggest the reader will not be disappointed.
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