Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people’s stories. With these personal accounts as a starting point, he has crafted a powerful collection of short fiction that takes readers into the innermost lives of everyday people. From a family saved from ruin by a mysterious benefactor, to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger, these masterfully written tales reveal not only the precarious balance maintained between grief and happiness in our lives, but also how the echoes of personal tragedy can shape us for the better.
“With a deceitful simplicity and a generously empathetic ear, Simon Van Booy gets to the core of the moment.” —Colum McCann
Simon Van Booy is the British American author of The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award), and The Illusion of Separateness. Simon teaches part-time at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project that helps young people build confidence in their literary abilities. Raised in Wales, Simon currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his wife and daughter.