“Now that it’s all over, where else would I go? There’s no redemption, no forgiveness for what I did to Zack. There’s no desire for new love after Hannah. There’s no desire for a new company after Olivia and RR. There’s just weight. Relentless weight.”
Author: Rich Marcello Published: 2018 Pages: 355
Dan helped build one of the best companies around, RadioRadio, but after his marriage falls apart and his son dies suddenly, he can no longer hold onto the job which has been keeping him going. Now unemployed, Dan thinks he needs to get his life together again. He goes on a pilgrimage to help him understand everything and at the same time, comes up with a new business plan for a company to rival all others. As ConversationWorks begins to take shape, Dan now must take control of his personal life. But, will the grief of what he’s lost consume him, and stop him achieving everything he’s always wanted? Or will it actually be the catalyst for the best decision he’s ever made?
I could definitely tell that Marcello is a poet. He really had a way of phrasing things beautifully, and while I did sometimes feel that the characters using poetry in their dialogue was a little contrived and just an excuse for the author to flaunt his talent, I didn’t mind so much because it was written so well.
I sympathised with Dan a lot; he was very flawed as a protagonist, but that made him more relatable and I especially liked the way that Marcello used the story of Zack’s death as a way to keep the reader turning the page. Even if I wasn’t interested it the rest of the storyline, I was really intrigued by what happened to Zack, so I kept reading so I would find out. Plus, Zack’s death was a good way of making Dan more of a sympathetic characters and can be used as a good justification for his further actions. I also really liked Willow; not only was she a strong-willed character, but she never allowed herself to be taken for granted by anyone, an endearing quality and something which made her very admirable.
I think my main criticism is that I felt the book went on a little too long, probably because Marcello went into detail in a lot of the scenes; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as he was just trying to make sure the reader understood, but for me, it just meant a lot of the business jargon and dialogue went straight over my head. Then again, I still did understand the plot despite this, so maybe those bits can just be enjoyed by the readers who have an interest in that kind of subject matter.
The Beauty of the Fall really lives up to its name; it is written with style, beauty, and sensitivity. Marcello’s writing is stunning and I think he as an indisputable talent for storytelling. This novel is proof that while grief can sometimes consume you, it can also fuel a desire to thrive you may not ever even have known you possessed.
Thank you to the author, Rich Marcello, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.