Author Matt Nuth’s book Nails will be published sometime this summer by Crimson Cloak Publishing, but in the meantime, enjoy learning about one of his other books:
“A beautiful portrayal of this plain thing called life” is how one of
my readers put it. _Countenance of Man _(93K words) is the story of
Randall Simmons discovering his family. The family he though he
understood transforms through a series of family and friend
recollections over the last two days of his father’s life. For
Randall, this story begins with feelings of self-guilt brought on by
his acknowledgement of his distant indifference and ends with
new-found love, respect, and understanding.
The journey of discovery begins with recounts of the father’s days as
an adolescent and progresses through the significant, life-changing
experiences that influenced an entire community. These experiences
and connections made the man who he was; growing from a young man
wanting to escape his home to middle-aged man wanting to succeed at
all cost, to a mature man recognizing he just wants to make amends and
make life better for others. As with all of us, the journey of life
includes moments of wonder, tragedy, success, and failure… makes us
who we are.
M. D. shows us how we are a product of our life experiences through
the simple story of one man and his family. The experiences are
addressed chronologically (from 1943 through current); each with its
own touching development. These vignettes are not intended to
position Randall’s father in a great light, but merely to provide a
different lens through which Randall can see and understand his
father; each providing insights to which we all can relate.
In the end, the story is brought back to Randall as he is provided the
opportunity to give his father a gift through mercifully helping him
end his life. The story ends without confirmation of this gift; only
that Paul has passed away.
The story covers one man’s imperfect development from adolescent, to
GI, to successful businessman, to grieving father, and ultimately a
cherished member of the community. The characters and vignettes are
all fiction; however, the many of the references to locations in the
town are real. My wife and I lived in Fort Collins for years. All
poetry in the book (either as intro or attributed to Paul) is mine.