The Cracked Mirror - Reflections Of An Appalachian Son
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THE CRACKED MIRROR - REFLECTIONS OF AN APPALACHIAN SON by Billy Ray Chitwood
"The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son" is about a Tennessee boy who ate some emotional soup and spent a lifetime trying to digest it. It is the story of a young man leaving east Tennessee and going in search of himself, unprepared for the adult world he is about to enter.
Behind him, and, within him, is the emotional debris of his childhood: abuse, broken family, and a substantial part of his soul. Searching for his identity in 'isms' and bars, he stumbles, gets up, only to find in the end that legacy and meaning are elusive, a 'white buffalo' always somewhere in the shadows.
"The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son" is largely a true story of the author's own life, a mirror of his past, cracked with the stress of all his memories: a family broken apart by their Appalachian cir***stances 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 gin mills; a tableau of horrible events, including an uncle's brutal and senseless murder, an aunt's haunting suicide, and a desert survival.
"The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son," relates the story of a fictional Prentice Paul Hiller, his life, his heritage, his mistakes, the events that have come to shape him, and the demon within that he cannot dispel. Along the way, he gives his passionate and provocative views on criminal justice, love, politics, religion, war, and his favorite writers.
In the end he finds a new love, some hope for redemption, some semblance of meaning and legacy.
The author's own family roots trace back to the eleventh century in Chetwode, a lovely hamlet north of London, England.
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