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The Secret Lives of People in Love: Short Stories Paperback – 29 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Point Press (29 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527055
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

The Secret Lives of People in Love is the first short story collection by award-winning writer Simon Van Booy. These stories, set in Kentucky, New York, Paris, Rome, and Greece, are a perfect synthesis of intensity and atmosphere. Love, loss, human contact, and isolation are Van Booy's themes. In radiant prose he writes about the difficult choices we make in order to retain our humanity and about the redemptive power of love in a violent world.

Included in this updated P.S. edition is the new story "The Mute Ventriloquist."

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About the Author

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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The Secret Lives of People in Love is one of the most deeply absorbing and touching story collections I've ever read. Van Booy has an incredible ability to find beauty and insight in almost anything, and the way in which he turns those observations into words is nothing short of startling. He demonstrates that profound ability in this collection to the fullest, and that's why I urge readers (especially those who like their prose a little more on the lyrical side), to rush out and buy a copy. You seriously won't regret it, and you certainly won't forget any of the stories that you will read. I can almost guarantee that.
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I agree with the reviewer who found this book overwrought. As I read it all I could think was that this sounds good but it is really dreadfully overwritten. As for the barrage of praise that accompanies the book, plastered all over it, it shows that literary reviewers frequently praise writing that sounds good, but rarely know what actually is good.

Well of course this book certainly is 'well written', but it is not written well enough to get beyond its own well-written-ness. It starts well with the first story, but then whatever spirit it might have had gradually disappears beneath a facade of that particular nice turn-of-phrase that someone once suggested are the darlings you should kill, because they just get in the way of the telling of the story. I found it hard to appreciate these stories because of the author doing literary handstands every five seconds. Yeah, so you can write. But shouldn't writing disappear in the telling of the story? Never does here. Too self-consciously 'good' to be good.
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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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