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Something Pretty, Something Beautiful

A new novel from Eric Barnes | June 2013

"Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written...
the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I've ever read.
And the truest." - Benjamin Whitmer

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Reviews

“[A] remarkable book. … This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts.” - Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

“The new novel chronicles in stark, effective prose a boy’s tragic discoveries about how friendship works.” - Peggy Burch, The Commercial Appeal

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written…. The most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.” - Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real

“…the book’s  impressionistic, running narrative, the immediacy and matter-of-factness of its full-throttle prose.” - Leonard Gill, The Flyer

“[A] disturbing but finely and passionately wrought novel.” - Rebecca Oppenheimer

“[A] very gritty look at the dark side of temptation and how slow a decline can be." - Tia Bach

"[S]pare and to the point ... a startlingly frank story ... this will touch you." - Drey's Library

"[A] masterfully crafted story about friendship and growing up." - Respiring Thoughts

"A fascinatingly dark read. I highly recommend it." - The Book Wheel

"[An] intensely dark saga.... Barnes plays with time in a way that makes us uncertain what we know." - Conceptual Reception

Also by Eric Barnes.

Shimmer: A quiet and intense novel
about the people and friends
at the heart of a lie.

A novel about a conflicted hero,
and an ethical trap.

Darkly comic,
unpredictable, it’s a novel about
people and money,
about friendships and sex.

Robbie Case is a star CEO.
Robbie Case is a millionaire. Robbie Case has a secret.

Shimmer is a story of self-deception and the perils of arrogance.
A story about the commitments we make to friends and family and
the strangers we look past every day.

One man, one company,
one disastrous lie.

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"Case’s slow but accelerating downward spiral drives the narrative...."
-- Publisher's Weekly
"One is reminded in Barnes’ language and locution of Don DeLillo's scalpel-sharp delineation of American corporate culture and paranoia, and of David Foster Wallace's penetration into the heart of the relationship between human consciousness and rapidly changing technologies."
-- Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal
"Robbie is one of those engagingly conflicted heroes who comes along from time to time."
-- Booklist
"A remarkable character study, unflinchingly probing the psyche of its flawed but compelling protagonist."
-- Benjamin Whitmer, INDenverTimes

"Eric Barnes shows teenagers wreaking havoc for no particular reason in his slow-moving 'Something Pretty, Something Beautiful.'" -- Kirkus review of Best American Mystery Stories 2011.

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Prairie Schooner Best American Mystery Stories 2011

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