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The Secret Lives of People in Love: Short Stories Paperback – 29 Feb 2008
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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."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2013 by Martin
A very moving collection featuring stories of love & loss of varying kinds. The language is spare, poetic and beautiful. Read morePublished on 2 April 2012 by Gruffalo Girl