What Beauty

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I enjoy books that take me into the lives of characters whom I might want to have been, or never in my dreams want to walk in their shoes. These are the kinds of stories I write, as well. Story to me is all about the characters, and I want to read authors who take care to bring their characters alive!

Hello, my name is Mark Beyer. I write novels. Good ones.

Readers shall discover that my stories track the nuances of experience. People interested in reading strong fiction will quickly notice a common purpose among its writers: we work to understand the character of men and women in contemporary society. My novels explore the nexus between art and life, relationships and betrayal, work and diversion. Whether you think a little or a lot about these pairs, they play through portions of our lives on a scale that surpasses the otherwise banal moments we might often ascribe to "life".

I'm writing a new novel about the lives of Max and Greta, married 40 years and wondering what's it all been worth; meanwhile I continue to blog about books and book culture, and writing. Feel free to contact me about reading and writing. I enjoy corresponding with new people and creative minds.

My motto is "read, live, write."

I once lived in middle-America, in Chicago. Now I reside in Europe. It's a pleasant continent.

What Beauty

Authored by Mark Beyer

Noted author Mark Beyer, along with Siren & Muse Publishing, bring you a story about obsession, identity, and art.

Minus Orth walks dogs for a living and sculpts for his life. He's ready to create a unique sculpture cycle - Mythical Gods in Their Twilight. Meanwhile, he has a girlfriend, Belinda, who's itching to get married. His friend, Peter N, has reaped artistic success that's both inspirational and a thorn. He plays poker with a quartet of exiled aristocrats. And at Minus's art co-op, the residents live on the fringe of society.

One day Minus crosses paths with Karen Kosek, best remembered as a culture critic of the 1960s. Karen dropped out of sight years ago. Now she dresses as a bag lady - ragged clothes, a garbage smell, and bulging plastic bags she carries as if they hold the secrets to the good life. Minus orchestrates a tenuous relationship with Karen, and discovers in her a woman who has not been trampled underfoot, but is burrowed deeper in society's crust than anyone could imagine.

Thus begins an odyssey in which Minus becomes obsessed with Karen's past and present, obsessed with creating his sculpture cycle, and with the role artists play in society's split personality. "Do you have what it takes to make something beautiful?" is a question that comes to the minds of many characters in this story. Their answers are hilarious, confused, self-delusional, virtuous, or simply truthful, because the people who create beauty are different from those who value beauty, and far afield from the powers able to help it flourish ... or destroy it.

"I want to read this book. I must read this book." - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Minus Orth's "eccentricities ... make him the iconoclast he is intended to be."
- Publishers Weekly

Publication Date:
Apr 15 2012
1470033836 / 9781470033835
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / General

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