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Item : The Sadness of Beautiful Things: Stories [Paperback]
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Author Author : Van Booy, Simon
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0143133047
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780143133049
Publisher Publisher : Penguin Books
Pages Pages : 208
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 102417701

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 readers 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 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.
 
“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 ofA Good Scent from a Strange Mountain With a deceitful simplicity and a generously empathetic ear, Simon Van Booy gets to the core of the moment. —Colum McCann, author ofTransatlantic andLet The Great World Spin

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 ofBecoming Jane EyreandOnce We Were Sisters

Each of these eight stories, while burdened by loss, are also limned with a more hopeful light. Van Booy captures the rare flashbulb memories of trauma, heartbreak, and melancholy, in the lives of people he’s met, but his writing basks in the healing afterglow of what follows. In the sparsely furnished prose of Van Booy’s stories it is easy to pour oneself into his characters, who I delight to know are real people, existinglSú

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