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The Beauty of the Fall

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Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss, Olivia Whitmore, fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself
Paperback, First Edition, 358 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Langdon Street Press
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been so busy for the last year and a half and haven't written any reviews in a while but I will always have time to review any of Rich Marcello's books as I am a huge fan! Each book of his I've read, although all different, resonate with me in some way or another. His words are beautiful and deep and I always get lost in his ability to take me into another place and time.

I loved how this novel revealed the business side of the author and gave me a general understanding of the tech world
Heena Rathore P.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sprkit
The Beauty Of The Fall is a unique story that’ll grip you right from the start till the very end. It is a story full of heartache, sadness, dreams and possibilities – everything that makes this book a complete package.

I liked the basic concept on which The Beauty Of The Fall is based upon. To have a software that brings truth to selected conversations is not only unique but also very intriguing. Especially in times like these, the application of measures mentioned in this book will surely make f
Rating: 3.5/5.0

The story is about Dan, a Tech Executive who loses his son, marriage, and job. His whole world is turned upside down. It is all about this fall or the beauty of it! And how Dan eventually recovered all this. The book has many female characters be it Olivia his business partner, Willow a lover, Nessa his psychiatrist, and Hannah his ex-wife.

The book is well written and many times it felt to me as a non-fiction more than a fiction because it so many things felt so real and I think
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-read
**Might have light spoilers**
A great book, once you get thru the techy & business lingo, at least for me.
The concepts Dan canme up with for CW is brilliant. I love this idea. And to be able to converse with any one any where the way they described is fucking awesome & amazing. We SO totes need something like this, the way Dan & his team came up with.
Olivia & James are both assholes. I can understand why Dan can't feel they'll ever have the same relationship ever again. But karma's a bitch.
Sharon Huether
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, first-reads
Dan a divorced tech Executive; suffers from grief after his only son Zack dies at the age of Ten.
After his friend Willow gives Dan support he needs. Dan takes on a road trip to visit Fortune 500 companies, where he gets inspiration for his future on this unexpected journey.
I won this Free book from Goodreads First reads.
Cathy Ryan
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author after seeing a guest post on Barb Taub’s blog. I’m so glad I did. Beauty of the Fall charts the incredible highs and desperate lows of Dan Underlight’s life. The downward spiral begins with the death of his ten-year old son, Zack, following his divorce from Zack’s mother. Dan blames himself for Zack’s death and immerses himself in work. The rug is pulled out from under him again when he loses his job at the company he loves, and helped to create wit ...more
N.N. Light
A book that resonated with me on a personal level a number of times. For what was the first 25% I simply loved the book. It was wonderful and I thought it was just going to be a smooth sailing book about a guy who got knocked down but ended up happy back on his feet. There is much more to this book than meets the eye.

The author weaves a lengthy tale about a troubled soul named Dan. The character suffers loss after loss after loss after loss and gets about as far down as Job could before finding
Tony Parsons
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dan Underlight is married to & they have a son Zack (10).
Fast forward their son Zackery “Zack” D. Underlight is in a tragic car accident & dies.
To make matters worse his wife Hannah asks for a divorce.
More worse things happen Olivia (CEO, PhD, professor, MIT, Duke) fires Dan from the company RadioRadio he had created.

Things take a turn for the better he meets Willow (poet) a domestic violence survivor & falls for him immediately.
He comes up with another brilliant idea & has a brilliant idea to
Taylor Thomas
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Dealing with the pain of losing someone, especially a child, is an awful and heart-wrenching experience. Marcello is able to present an honest and inspiring tale of a father, Dan, overcoming the loss of his son, Zackery. Dan used to work at high-level tech job and was also married, but both were lost along with Zackery.

With Dan out of a career (with the company he helped started no less!) a woman by the name of Willow – a domestic violence survivor – comes along and helps him regain his footing
Joyce Derenas
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rich Marcello’s The Beauty of the Fall engages the reader with some of the most delicate issues that life forces us to sort through. Loss, grief, guilt take a toll on Dan Underlight’s spirit after the death of his son, Zack.

Chance, hope, and love come to the rescue through a woman’s rights worker named Willow, who restores Dan’s faith and trust in humankind and helps pioneer his new business model Conversationworks toward success.

This novel is laced with delicious poetry, reveals corporate betra
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The cover is unusual and the synopsis of the story was interesting, so I was really looking forward to reading this. It lived up to both the cover ans the synopsis. I really enjoyed this book!
Olga Miret
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written novel about loss, meaning and relationships, with its heart in the right place. I received an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team.
This beautifully written novel touches on many subjects that are important at different levels: some, like loss (be it the death of a child, a divorce, the loss of not only a job but also a life-project) can be felt (and there are heart-wrenching moments in the novel) understood and managed at a
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
Dan is the focus of self destruction. His life hits unexpected roads and turns, that lead to eventual success, but the paths that he chose at times were difficult. The entire book is full of twists and turns that take the characters in different directions physically and emotionally.

You can tell that Rich Marcello knows his way around words, as it was written beautifully. His words flow like poetry, but read like a novel. The book is written like a dream, with events and situations morphing int
Ace Boggess
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel reads like a biography of Steve Jobs as written by Paulo Coelho. It's a mix of technology and inward seeking that seems the right combination for about half the book. In fact, I often found myself reading in the same tone and mood as when I read a Coelho book. Unfortunately, the ins and outs of running internet/social-media companies grow a little tiresome in that tone. I'd say this novel was hit and miss for me--worth reading, but ultimately not as fulfilling as I thought it would be ...more
Mary Fortier
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Every once in a while a writer enters the scene who brings great stories, exceptional writing and unique wisdom. Their books are not repeats of each other, but unique in their own stories. This is what Rich Marcello has brought to us over the past 4 years.

His newest novel, “The Beauty of the Fall” is truly literary art. With each book, Rich brings us into a new story, richly developed characters, exceptional writing and emotionally intelligent lessons. Rich has an exception
Jenee Rager
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I can't point to one thing that was flawed about this book, I can't point to one thing I loved either. For some reason I just never connected with the characters and I felt everything just happened the way I assumed it would so I never felt invested.

The book starts right as Dan is fired (by his former best friend) from the company he had helped to establish, and is still reeling from the unfortunate death of his young son. It continues on a few years as he finds love again, creates a new,
Reading Fool
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2017
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

What an interesting read. This is the story of Dan Underlight, a technology entrepreneur who is mourning the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. His journey through grief is long, self-destructive, and complicated, and I was right there with him. I cared about all of the characters in this novel, as Rich Marcello's writing is poetic yet precise. It was made even more interesting as it gave insight into the inner workings of a technolog
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I became engaged in this story very quickly. The insights into how personal and working relationships become strained in a start-up company after it goes public were fascinating--I suspect the author’s past work experience was put to good use.
The main character’s “pyramid pilgrimage” worked well as a vehicle to highlight the yin and yang of family responsibilities and business demands.

However, when Dan started his second company, the story bogged down in a series of scenes that seemed to exists
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Beauty of Fall is a novel that brought genuine, unexpected greatness with its pages. I was so utterly impressed by this novel, and the masterful writing that this author demonstrates in each and every page of the text. This well-written, emotionally engaging and entertaining novel follows the life of a man after one of the worst possible tragedies a person could face. Dan’s journey teaches readers valuable and realistic lessons in grief, forgiveness, and how we, as all human beings, should l ...more
Мария Райкова
With his book The Beauty of the Fall Rich Marcello offers to the reader a nice relaxing way to find out how a person can start building his life from step one after the Big crash. The story is about ups and downs, pain and satisfaction, losses and winnings.
When Dan, technology executive loses his job when still suffering for the death of his ten years old son his whole world collapses. He can’t find the reason to continue his seamless living when things turn in different direction thanks to a po
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a contest and I thought it was a very good read!
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads and enjoyed it greatly. Deeply felt emotions transmitted through relatable characters. Keep your Kleenex handy.
Sam Law
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book tells the story of a Boston-based technology executive, his fall, rise, fall and rise again. Dan Underlight has a similarly rocky road in his personal life, which he largely sacrifices In order to drive the success of his companies. While it may be a fictional story, there will be a lot of resonances out there for those in this situation.

Main Characters:
Dan Underlight: The protagonist, and the only character we get any
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Beauty of the fall is the third book by Rich Marcello, and published by Langdon Street press. It was a book that I finished wanting to lend it out to other people. It covers subjects that will appeal to many people. These subjects are of grief, domestic abuse, and a software start-up company. Dan has lost many people over the years. At the point that The Beauty of the fall begins Dan is trying to make sense of it all. We witness the self-destruction Dan goes through. He is a character that I ...more
Brian Young
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read Rich's first two novels, that I thoroughly enjoyed, I delved into the Fall with an anxious anticipation of another great "Rich read" and he did not disappoint. I don't know how or if writers "evolve" but that's what it felt like to me. As with his previous works, Rich's detailed character development is what draws me in immediately and Dan Underlight was no different. I read it as if I was walking in Dan's shoes but with my own life experiences looming in my head. Those life experien ...more
Stephanie H.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is one of the most beautifully-written books I’ve read in a long time. I don’t think I’ve had my emotions so consistently and strongly affected by a book since Flowers for Algernon. A story about love, loss, recovery, and business, Marcello’s writing simultaneously compelled me to keep reading and necessitated several breaks for emotional recharge.

Workaholic Dan Underlight has suffered many losses: divorce, the death of his only son, and now he’s being fired from the company he helped
Linda Haas
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This author is a great story teller. The book has a number of themes and moves very smoothly at first. It does slow a little in the middle but does pick up later. It's most interesting. I enjoyed it. ...more
Fatima Carvalho
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The writing is expressive and poignant. I was completely engaged with Dan. I liked how the author invested in his character development. I felt the pain of being fired by a close friend. I rendered myself in the grief of the circumstances leading to the death of his young son. I understood his culpable guilt, his candour, his honesty and his open mindedness.
There are a few subplots in this novel, one being domestic violence. They are all tackled and expressed
Miranda Sanders
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Beauty of the Fall is an incredibly well written and amazing novel by Rich Marcello. The story follows Dan Underlight as he copes with the loss of his son, his wife, his job, and his best friend. The job is the last straw, and that’s where we begin the story. In the first few chapters alone, we see that Dan has a childlike playfulness to him, something not often displayed openly by men for fear of being seen as less manly, that I think made him more real and easier to relate to. He goes through
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very unique and interesting story. Read it in one sitting.
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Rich is the author of four novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and the poetry collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All. He also teaches creative writing at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.


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