My first novel, still near and dear to my heart, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for only 99 cents through October 18.
What’s it about? Many have described it as a late-coming-of-age story and that’s certainly true. Here’s some facts about it:
Date First Published: December 2012
Main Characters: Martin Kinny (30ish, still live at home going nowhere type – also overweight, not remarkably attractive); My Phuong (a beautiful, young, troubled Vietnamese woman)
Setting: Contemporary: Thai Nguyen & Hanoi Vietnam; Lyndora, Pennsylvania;
Narration: 1st person from two points of view
Part I: Section narrated by Martin: As his dying, abusive father (a Vietnam vet) asks Martin to take his ashes back to Nam, Martin tries to accomplish it, but ends up flubbing everything, including getting his wallet stolen, which makes him completely at the mercy of Vietnamese society to get back home
Part II: Section narrated by My Phuong: She chronicles how she stole Martin’s wallet, and how that seemingly benign event which she did many times before, ends up throwing her headlong into a series of events that should could have never predicted – including running for her very life.
Part III: Section narrated by Martin: In strange, unexpected ways, the two stories of Martin and My Phuong come together with a lot of uncertainty brewing under the surface.
Other Important Characters:
Martin’s Mother: weary and worn after a lifetime of living with her abusive husband; she resents all things Vietnam.
The Vietnamese Politician: He lures My Phuong into a web of deceit, where she becomes his trapped mistress.
This is an emotional novel which packs a wallop – especially at the end. Anyone who enjoys stories of love, deceit, culture, adventure, travel, or growing-up will find something enjoyable in “Beauty Rising”
Please check it out!