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Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of the human heart. Much of the appeal of Simon Van Booy’s newest collection, The Sadness of Beautiful Things, lies in the subject matter – the lives of ordinary people.

Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of the human heart. -Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. While a few of the 8 stories contain elements of the unreal, most of the content stems from the real-life stories of people the author has encountered. The collection starts simply, the writing matter-of-fact, but what Van Booy accomplishes throughout draws the reader into every scene.

Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people’s stories. From a family saved from ruin by a mysterious benefactor to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger, these tales reveal not only the precarious balance maintained between grief and happiness in our lives but also how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better

Simon Van Booy writes wonderful stories that surprise and uplift, that hold our attention all the way with subtle . For new readers, The Sadness of Beautiful Things is a fresh look at vintage Van Booy. The stories are short, sweet, full of promise and humor

Simon Van Booy writes wonderful stories that surprise and uplift, that hold our attention all the way with subtle revelations about life in all its astounding contradictions: its sorrows and joys. Sheila Kohler, author of Becoming Jane Eyre and Once We Were Sisters. The stories are short, sweet, full of promise and humor. For those familiar with The Secret Lives of People in Love, you'll fall in love all over again with Van Booy's quixotic characters and bottomless compassion for people whose lives take unusual turns. From a family saved from ruin by a mysterious benefactor, to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger, these masterfully written tales reveal not only the precarious balance maintained between grief and happiness in our lives, but also how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better

Love, loss, human contact, and isolation are Van Booy's themes. Included in this updated .

Love, loss, human contact, and isolation are Van Booy's themes.

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Simon Van Booy is an Anglo-American writer, currently living in the United States. His short story collection, Love Begins in Winter, won the 2009 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Simon Van Booy has written three collections of short stories. His first collection, The Secret Lives of People in Love, was shortlisted for the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, while his second collection, Love Begins in Winter, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

Simon Van Booy writes wonderful stories that surprise and uplift, that hold our attention all the way with subtle revelations about life in all . The sadness of beautiful things.

Simon Van Booy writes wonderful stories that surprise and uplift, that hold our attention all the way with subtle revelations about life in all its astounding contradictions, its sorrows and joys. Praise for Simon Van Booy’s work. chillingly beautiful, like postcards from Eden. Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of nine books of fiction and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, NPR, and the BBC.

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The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy EPUB
An exquisite new collection of short stories from award-winning author Simon Van Booy.
Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people’s stories. With these personal accounts as a starting point, he has crafted a powerful collection of short fiction that takes listeners into the innermost lives of everyday people. From a family saved from ruin by a mysterious benefactor to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger, these tales reveal not only the precarious balance maintained between grief and happiness in our lives but also how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better.
“Van Booy’s stories are somehow like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking.” (Los Angeles Times)
"Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of the human heart." (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain)
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The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy EPUB