Eight Forty-Eight Novel Takes on the Love Struggle The Archives February 11, 2009 Love can be complicated and mysterious. It's something Potter Mays wrestles with. He's the lead character in Chicago author Kyle Beachy's debut novel, The Slide. Beachy told Eight Forty-Eight book critic Donna Seaman more about his inspiration for the novel. Kyle Beachy will hold a release party for his book this Friday evening at the Beat Kitchen.