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The Secret Lives of People in Love: Short Stories [Paperback]

Simon Van Booy
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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29 Feb 2008
An evocative story set in present day New York City, Wales, Cornwall, Paris, Rome and Greece. Simon Van Booy explores love's labour and love's loss with masterful simplicity and in touching detail. His prose is spare, economical and evanescent. His characters are often unbearably lonely, vulnerable and private. Their realities are so full of memories that they seem transcendental and independent of time. Simon Van Booy's voice is reverent, haunting and profoundly humane.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527055
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection 12 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
Simon Van Booy is a remarkable writer. I came to this book through his second collection, Love Begins In Winter, and can say nothing but good things about either book. These stories are skillfully written, full of compassion and beauty. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this book and I recommend it wholeheartedly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving & poetic. 2 April 2012
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A very moving collection featuring stories of love & loss of varying kinds. The language is spare, poetic and beautiful. A book I want to forget so that I can have the joy of discovering it all over again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Over wrought 18 Jun 2013
By Martin
Format:Paperback
I really wanted to like this book but it was just too over written. Some beautiful ideas spoiled by frantic shoveling in of metaphors and similes until you don't want to even look at the text.
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