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The Cracked Mirror: Reflections of an Appalachian Son Paperback – April 11, 2011
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Please see the glowing 5-Star Review by Dr. Timothy Tays, a Clinical Psychologist, on the Kindle Edition page of "The Cracked Mirror - Reflections Of An Appalachian Son" by Billy Ray Chitwood. Dr. Tays gives his honest and most professional appraisal of the book.
From the Author
Writing THE CRACKED MIRROR, Reflections of an Appalachian Son, has been for me an emotional journey because so much of the book is MY life. Writing the book has also been for me a pleasant process, exhilirating when a phrase came quickly to my mind, penning it exactly and precisely the way I would have wanted --- making me think at times invisisble hands were guiding my fingers over the keyboard. Of course, there were moments of frustration when the word or phrase I wanted would not come to me. Overall, though, the writing days were good days, with the minutes and hours speeding past, giving me little time to be concerned with other pesky thoughts. There is a great feeling of accomplishment that comes when one has worked at the laptop for months on a project that carried so much self-import. With a book that exposes so much of your soul, there would at times come tears --- so much dredging up of the past can do that! And, I subscribe to the sentiment that 'it's okay for a grown man to cry."
The fictional books I've written in the past were in many ways more difficult to write. There were the chores of plot, sub-plot, character developments, scene descriptions, general organizational matters with which to attend. Writing about my life, though emotionally wearisome, my 'chapters' came to me quite nicely delineated and focused. There were some subconscious levels in THE CRACKED MIRROR... to which I could not go, either too deep the descent, or, too 'scary.'
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"The Cracked Mirror" reinforces my view of Billy Ray Chitwood as a man of words. The book is a 'fictional' memoir, although most of the material is supplied from Chitwood's own life.
Prentice Paul Hiller, the book's first-person protagonist, is in the twilight of his years. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery in an old people's facility. This provides him with the opportunity to reflect on his life; its highs and its disappointments. Hiller uses his enforced leisure time to document a restless, tumbleweed existence from a childhood of poverty in 1930s Tennessee to the present day. He is candid about what he perceives as his failures. In spite of his rationalisations, he remains haunted by his actions and inactions, missed opportunities and unsuccessful relationships. Chitwood presents us with a mind on a quest for meaning and understanding. Above all he gives us a portrait of a man trying to come to terms with guilt; an individual working towards self-forgiveness and peace of mind. This is a touching book and a brave one.
Some of the musings on the state of present-day America were lost on this British reader, but they may well have a resonance for those residing on the other side of the Atlantic.
This is a worthwhile and thought-provoking read. Five stars.