Beauty Rising

Beauty Rising My heart sank I dumped my father s ashes in the heart of communist Vietnam over a thousand miles from the death of his comrades over a thousand miles from the smile of that girl How could I have been

  • Title: Beauty Rising
  • Author: Mark W. Sasse
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • My heart sank I dumped my father s ashes in the heart of communist Vietnam over a thousand miles from the death of his comrades over a thousand miles from the smile of that girl How could I have been so stupid Only the bumbling, overweight, thirtyish, stay at home Martin Kinney could have mistakenly flubbed his dying father s request with such gusto This thousand My heart sank I dumped my father s ashes in the heart of communist Vietnam over a thousand miles from the death of his comrades over a thousand miles from the smile of that girl How could I have been so stupid Only the bumbling, overweight, thirtyish, stay at home Martin Kinney could have mistakenly flubbed his dying father s request with such gusto This thousand mile mistake awakens the ghosts of long held family secrets and puts Martin on a fateful course with an unlikely romantic interest a young, beautiful, yet troubled Vietnamese woman named My Phuong With its cross cultural setting and unlikely romance, the 61,000 word novel Beauty Rising creates a powerful, unique voice in today s literature In a swift moving, dialogue driven prose which is funny, honest, tragic and unpredictable, Beauty Rising explores the depths of culture, family, and love as the Vietnam War, a generation removed, continues to hang on the periphery of society, cursing families and causing destruction.

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    • Al says:

      "My heart sank. I dumped my father’s ashes in the heart of communist Vietnam – over a thousand miles from the death of his comrades – over a thousand miles from the smile of that girl. How could I have been so stupid?" Only the bumbling, overweight, thirtyish, stay-at-home Martin Kinney could have mistakenly flubbed his dying father’s request with such gusto. This thousand mile mistake awakens the ghosts of long-held family secrets and puts Martin on a fateful course with an unlikely rom [...]

    • Michelle says:

      I received this book through first reads. thank you bunches for that.This is a beautiful late coming-of-age story that is about "real life" situations. The ending was much appreciated and went well with the telling of the story. Also I loved the characters.Thank you, Mark!

    • Mỹ Khương says:

      Oh a book involving my country! So excited to read, hope I'll win it. Cảm ơn rất nhiều ^^

    • Fran says:

      Beauty Rising: Mark W. Sasse Imagine being 250 pounds, working a mundane job and having little or no social life. Imagine living with two parents that spend most of their time belittling you, making you feel unwanted and never really cared about you as a person. Two parents who spent their lives hating each other, living in the same house yet in separate worlds. At 36 years old Martin Finney Jr. would finally rise above, step up to the plate and honor his father’s wishes plus become his own ma [...]

    • Joanne says:

      A sad but true story in many ways. Am sure Vietnam did many veterans this way and families suffered. Was impressed with the cultural aspects of book.

    • Dolores Ayotte says:

      I feel like I am at a loss for words to fully express my sentiments regarding this incredible novel. Perhaps, it is best to refer to "Beauty Rising" as a personal journey or remarkable experience rather than merely reading a fictional novel.This debut novel by gifted Author Mark W. Sasse is beyond words. It is a positively poignant presentation of the tragic lives of two very different individuals and why their paths crossed, and the destiny that ensued between them following this initial encoun [...]

    • Jamie says:

      I received my copy through First Reads.While the story is nice, I felt like a lot of it could have been improved. First, there were some grammatical errors ranging from punctuation to tense. A lot of commas were left out, especially before names in direct addresses, and there were three times when the tense changed from past to present (one even happening mid-sentence). The other problem was the lack of character depth in some areas. For instance, all we know about the mother is that she has so [...]

    • Kara says:

      I was hoping to read Mark W. Sasse's Beauty Rising since I first heard about this new release in literary fiction. Over the last several months, I think I entered every Giveaway for the book without a single exception. I finally beat the dizzying odds necessary to win a signed copy(!) Was it worth the anticipation? Definitely. Was it what I thought it would be? No, not exactly.I didn't expect the novel to be told in the first person, let alone in the voices of more than one character! The prota [...]

    • Marilou George says:

      Author Mark W. Sasse has written an emotionally charged and engrossing story that had me so invested in the characters and circumstances that I read it in one sitting. The writing is thoughtful, gripping and extremely moving as readers become observers in the lives of a dysfunctional family firmly embroiled in a bitter existence and the struggles that overwhelm them.Martin is called to the bedside of his dying father, a father that has verbally abused and ignored him much of his life, to hear hi [...]

    • Cathy Speight says:

      What a lovely story: a story that marries romance, war, hardship, and tragedy. Not only was it beautifully written, but skilfully too. The use of the first person narrative for each of the main characters was executed extremely well.The main character, Martin, comes in the form of a lumbering, overweight, ginger-haired man, who, at thirty-six, still lives with his mother—a mother embittered by her empty marriage to his father, a veteran of the Vietnam war that changed him irrevocably. Martin i [...]

    • Michelle says:

      BEAUTY RISING is both a romance and a historical novel. Martin, the 30-year-old son of highly dysfunctional parents, is determined to fulfill his father’s death wish – to scatter his ashes near a large protruding rock under two banana trees, by a lake in Vietnam. Martin scatters his dad’s ashes according to his wishes, but soon discovers he took them to the wrong lake, wrong banana trees. Only the beginning of his bad luck, Martin’s wallet is stolen, and without any money or credit cards [...]

    • Gaele says:

      Strong and solid prose highlight the character driven story and bring the beauty that is Vietnam and her people to light. Tragedies make strange bedfellows, as the two main characters in this story, Martin and My Phuong can attest, after several twists and turns bring them together in intersecting journeys.Compelling and captivating, there were moments where the characters could have been developed more fully, or the pacing could have had better balance, but the ultimate struggles and juxtaposit [...]

    • Marha Nur A. says:

      Got this book from ' First Reads. Yay, thank you!Review-nya pake Bahasa Indonesia aja ya, hehe.Sejujurnya, saya bukan seorang penikmat kisah cinta (alias segala yang bergenre romance). Lalu, mengapa saya ikut-ikut coba untuk mendapatkan buku ini? Tidak lain dan tidak bukan adalah karena pada awalnya saya kira buku ini bercerita tentang sejarah. Jengjeng.Yak, gak meleset juga sih. Saya mendapatkan apa yang saya mau: sedikit pelajaran sejarah dan kebudayaan Vietnam. Banyak di awal, sedikit di akhi [...]

    • Brendon says:

      DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free through First Reads.When I first started it, I had no idea where the author was going with the story. But Sasse’s writing style and dedication to deep character development packed a hard punch at the beginning of My Phuong’s story through the end of the novel.This is an untraditional love story between an awkward almost forty year old, Martin, who lives with his mother and a Vietnamese woman who has overcome much in her past. Without giving too much [...]

    • Joella says:

      Beauty Rising is a compelling read with captivating imagery and characters. It moves quickly, sometimes leaving the reader wanting a little more, but it is an easy yet poignant read. Certain parts of the novel—including the ending—provide a feeling of being both riveted and rushed; the reader may be desiring more development, but the story provides satisfying plot elements that will keep you engaged. The characters are well-developed, although the dialogue at times feels a bit forced, and it [...]

    • Victoria Brinius says:

      This book was messed up. In a good way. I can not believe the ending. I am still thinking about it. Did that really happen? Did the author seriously do that? The Vietnam War was not good for anyone. This book showed what happened to so many of the US soldiers, that I believe to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The soldier's (Martin's dad) life was ruined, and he came home a different man, negatively affecting his family. The secret about Martin's mom was also very shocking, especially f [...]

    • Al says:

      Beauty Rising might best be described as a “late coming of age” story. The protagonist, Martin, hasn’t managed to break away from his overbearing parents. But his father’s dying request sets him on a journey where he comes to understand both his parents better, and in the process becomes his own man. A large part in the middle of the book takes place in Vietnam, with the different setting and culture adding spice to the story. I found this part interesting and assume, since the author’ [...]

    • Linda says:

      Great read! Held me through the entire book. Hard to put down to sleep! Travels, mystery, love, hate all wrapped in together. Martin is a fellow you can't help but feel for and pull for him. He finds love, learns to stand up for himself, then as quickly as he finds true happiness the cruel, selfish act of the last person you would think should do something so tragically wrong, it is all jerked away from Martin in a split second. Martin finally finds his home! Highly recommend to everyone! Loved! [...]

    • Joanne Nock says:

      This book blew me away. Had no idea what to expect, but I raced through it and would consider it the best book I've read this year. I liked Martin Jr a lot and really wanted things to work out for him. It's effectively two parallel stories that eventually intertwine. I don't want to comment on the actual plot as there is a significant twist which I don't want to spoil. The sign of a good book to me is if it leaves me thinking about it for some length of time and thinking/ wanting to know that th [...]

    • Melinda says:

      I got this as a free book through one of the email subscriptions I have. I finally decided to read it and overall I enjoyed the read The story was heart-breaking, depressing, fun and poignant - all wrapped together. The story that weaves two lives together in an amazing way and is told from two different points of vie. The two main characters get together as a result of seemingly impossible coincidences that are just close enough to reality to make pull the reader in and believe it could be true [...]

    • Doug says:

      Mark has written a beautiful novel that contrasts two very different cultures that were be united by love, forgiveness and redemption. The underlying Biblical themes were woven into a timeless tragic love story. His development of the characters made me identify with Martin and I found myself missing South East Asia. For his first novel Mark has written a classic. I have read his other plays and a novella and all I can say is I cannot wait for his next novel. Mark has been an inspiration to me.

    • Josiah says:

      Writing: CVocabulary: CPlot: ALevel: EasyRating: PG13 (murder, prostitution, sexual abuse, political corruption, theft, fornication, racial prejudice, hypocrisy)Worldwide: ChristianityHighly recommended for just about everybody! This short story twists & turns in a manner true to life. American Martin and Vietnamese My Phuong both live harsh lives where the people who should take care of them don't. They both walk away from God, but find His love reflected in surprising ways.

    • Diana Donnelly says:

      I really loved this story. My heart went out to this 250 pound man who lived with abusive parents. His father on his death bed requested that he take his ashes to Vietnam. This was the most heart felt conversation he had ever had with his father, and he followed through on his request. Prior to this he had never traveled out of Pennsylvania. His mother was furious with his decision and the journey was not an easy one. It was a very powerful story and well written.

    • Karla Goforth Abreu says:

      This is not an important work of literature but also it is anything but a cheap romance novel. It is a story of pain, healing, redemption and love. The primary characters suffer from arrested development due to life's bleak circumstances. Both stores are told individually, taking the reader through the pain of alcoholic abusive parents and the seedy world of Asian human trafficking. It is,a bittersweet tale, yet affords the reader a sense of fulfillment and closure.

    • Pamela Brossman says:

      Mark Sasse is a relative of one of my coworkers. He self-published this book so I am planning on reading it through the Prime Owners Lending Library. It got good reviews on . I started reading this on my Kindle and I can hardly put it down. I am loving this book. It is a great story of a really dysfunctional family. The setting is Pittsburgh when not in Viet Nam so I love the references to places and things I am familiar with--like the Steelers!

    • Maureen Kennedy says:

      I loved this book. It was a page turner and even from someone like me with a short attention span, I couldn't put the book down. An everyday guy who lives at home and works at k-mart hears from his abusive father on his father's deathbed a secret event and a complex request. This changes Martin life in extraordinary ways and takes us all on an adventure of sadness, humor, friendships, kindness, terror, love, gratefulness and an explosive yet tender ending. What a story!

    • Ida says:

      I completed reading this novel in one day (not often that I do that)as the style was easy and the story compelling. However, there were several grammatical errors that stood out and the last third seemed rushed and a little awkward. The dialogue was stilted and unnatural at times, particularly in the sections set in America. I found the Vietnam settings more riveting and the story better developed in those chapters.

    • Carroline says:

      I received the book for free through First Reads.The book was slow to start with, but once I got past maybe two chapter's, I couldn't put the book down. The story was captivating and even though the story didn't stay with the same character through the whole book, the story still flowed in a logical way that you could easily follow. The ending was cruel but is consistent with the whole story, such is life.Great read, thank-you Mark for the signed copy.

    • Brian says:

      A surprisingly captivating story that weaves two lives together in an amazing way. I love a story told from two different points of view and this one adds the element of star crossed lovers with seemingly impossible coincidences that are just close enough to reality to make pull the reader in and believe it could be true in the end.

    • Su says:

      A great read! Two people on the outside of their respective cultures, for very different reasons, meet under not the best of circumstances. It also touches on how hard some people find it to let go of the past and the repercussions that can come from this. Humour, love, tragedy and hope all shine through this wonderful little book. Would wholeheartedly recommend it!

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