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Simon Van Booy

Biography

Simon Van Booy

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 14 languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Simon Van Booy

Books by Simon Van Booy

by Simon Van Booy - Fiction

At the age of six, a little girl named Harvey learns that her parents have died in a car accident. As she struggles to understand, a kindly social worker named Wanda introduces her to her only living relative: her uncle Jason, a disabled felon with a violent past and a criminal record. Despite his limitations --- and his resistance --- Wanda follows a hunch and cajoles Jason into becoming her legal guardian, convinced that each may be the other’s last chance.

by Simon Van Booy - Fiction, Short Stories

In his first book of short stories since LOVE BEGINS IN WINTER, Simon Van Booy offers a collection of stories highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, the teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey, and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, TALES OF ACCIDENTAL GENIUS contemplates individuals from different cultures and races, and reveals how faith and yearning for connection helps us all transcend darkness of fear and misfortune.

by Simon Van Booy - Fiction

Simon Van Booy brings to the page his unique talent for poetic dialogue and sumptuous imagery in this, his remarkable debut novel of love and loss, dependence and independence.