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The first “blurb” is in for … Max, the blind guy

Here’s the first blurb for my newest novel, Max, the blind guy, by Patricia Ann McNair, author, THE TEMPLE OF AIR …

Precocious. Provocative. Poignant. Mark Beyer’s massive novel “Max, the blind guy” is built like an intricate mansion of dozens of opulently adorned rooms and secret passageways and windows and doors that open up to the bright and vibrant world beyond. Told through multiple points of view, the story explores the delights, disappointments, disturbances, and distractions of love, lust, and the desire to get to the next place. Language play, humor, despair, and the engagement of a complicated community of characters, Mark Beyer’s “Max, the blind guy” brings to mind the work of his literary predecessors such as Nabokov, Marquez, Dickens, and Dostoevsky. Good company. Good reading.

Thank you, Patty. I’ll use this sparingly, but to great advantage. Good luck with your new novel. And, readers, check out McNair’s The Temple of Air.


My newest novel is “Max, the blind guy” — the story of Max and Greta Ruth, their 40-year relationship, and all the demons that show up as they find that life rarely goes according to plan. This new novel will be published on June 5, 2015 from Siren & Muse Publishing.

What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

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