The movement in Missing the Mark is a series of vignettes or "jump cuts," similar to modern cinematic technique, exemplifying the fact that chaotic stories often have an absence of smooth transition and order.
Drawing from the text The Wounded Storyteller, this creative nonfiction witness recounts a dysfunctional upbringing within the structure of what Arthur W. Frank purports as The Chaos Narrative.
Author Keith Hoerner writes this piece to reclaim himself, to find his voice from beneath an antagonist who made him mute. Surprisingly, in reshaping the fractured pieces of his so-called life, he also discovers the existence of varied selves along the way (not only the ever-present lover but the admitted hater), which he has too long denied.
After forty-nine years, he is now able to recognize love and hate can coexist as counter selves in the human heart.
"Keith [Hoerner] shows skill, control, and sensitivity to language."
- Michael Castro, PhD,
Author of The Bush Years
"...One of the most unflinchingly honest and beautiful theses I'd ever read."
- Eve Jones, MFA,
Author of Bird in the Machine
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This is a NEW 2nd edition. The 1st edition ranked 4.7 out of 5 stars while on Amazon for 2 1/2 years. According to reader/reviewer Linda Briggs-Harty, "This is the best treatment of child abuse I've seen... The writing is rich, descriptive, fluent, emotionally imbued but spare and authentic. [The] voice in the book, in particular, moves me beyond words."