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The Illusion of Separateness

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In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection.
 
Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.

Everything Beautiful Began After

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“A tender, earnest first novel....Van Booy wisely resists romanticizing torment, instead suggesting that grief, tied as it is to fate and faith, can give way to promise.”  - Publishers Weekly 

“If F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marguerite Duras had had a son, he would be Simon Van Booy; this is a truly special writer who does things with abstract language that is so evocative and original your breath literally catches in your chest. This is a novel you simply must read!”  - Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie 

"...A strong voice full of poetic, timeless grace." San Francisco Examiner

"Incurable romantics will savor Simon Van Booy's tender Maupassant-like fables" - New York Times

"It's as if Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 30 has unfolded into a full blown novel...This book is art of that sort and that coliber; it binds up anguish in beauty" - East Hampton Star

"...rarely do authors capture youthful innocence and the melancholy that accompanies its loss so well" - Time Out New York

 

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Love Begins in Winter

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ISBN: 13: 9780061661471

"...Characters on the verge of giving up--anchored to dreams that never came true, and to people who have long disappeared from their lives--Van Booy's characters walk the streets of these stark and beautiful stories, until strange, chance meetings with strangers--and these lost souls are suddenly faced with the responsibility for lives they thought had continued on without them."

In the first story, world famous French cellist Bruno Bonnet lives only through music, bringing audiences across the world to their feet with the virtuosity of his playing. But in private, Bruno is a broken man, hopelessly  withdrawn from society, unable to maintain relationships---a prisoner to a past event he witnessed and can never forget. But decades of emotional isolation come to a sudden end when Bruno collides with Hannah at the Beverly Hills Hotel. As their lives entangle and secrets are revealed, they begin a journey together with the hope that love can survive the winter of their lives.

 

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The Secret Lives of People in Love

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ISBN: 9780061766121

The Secret Lives of People in Love is an evocative debut story collection set in present day New York City, Paris, Rome and Greece. Simon Van Booy explores love's labor 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 filled with memories that they seem transcendental and independent of time. Simon Van Booy's voice is reverent, haunting and profoundly humane.

Why we need love

 

Why We Need Love

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Non-Fiction Philosophy
Edited by Simon Van Booy

In Why We Need Love, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, O. Henry, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, E. E. Cummings, AnaÔs Nin, Marc Chagall, J. Krishnamurti, and others.

"[They] have an instinctive appeal...the three smartly designed paperbacks address their themes directly"
– The Economist

Why We Fight

 

Why We Fight

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Non-Fiction Philosophy
Edited by Simon Van Booy

In Why We Fight, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Sophocles, Tacitus, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, William Shakespeare, Emily BrontŽ, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, James Tissot, James Joyce, General George Patton, and others.

"...brimming with thoughts from history's pre-eminent ponderers."
–Wall Street Journal

Why We Fight

 

Why Our Decisions Don't Matter

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Non-Fiction Philosophy
Edited by Simon Van Booy

In Why Our Decisions Don't Matter, Simon Van Booy curates an enlightening collection of excerpts, passages, and paintings, presenting works by Homer, Sophocles, Horace, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Voltaire, Blake, Dickinson, Twain, Rilke, Camus, Kerouac, Sartre, Borges, Beckett, and others.

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