Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories - Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy writes some of the most haunting and lyrical prose you’ll find in fiction today. He evokes the pain of grief as “a country where it rains and rains but nothing grows,” as vividly as he does the faux Venice of a Las Vegas casino or the rainy hills of Ireland. While the five stories in Love Begins In Winter (Harper Perennial, $13.99) dramatize love in its various forms from ferocious to tender, his true focus is the vulnerable, pure-hearted child in all of us. “Isn’t everything something from childhood?” he asks, and his stories register the lasting truth of our first impressions of love and loss, of joy and isolation. Like the fiction in his beautiful first book, The Secret Lives of People in Love, these stories glow with the melancholy of foreign art films and wet roads that “reflect the world with a beautiful inaccuracy”—only Van Booy’s reflections are both beautiful and dead on.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061661471
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 12th, 2009

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