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Friday, January 28, 2011

Review: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

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 grace, intensity, atmosphere, and compassion. Love, loss, frailty, 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.

This book forces you to fall in love.
Then quickly you must go.

I was compiling a list of my favorite stories from the book but the list grew too long. French Artist Killed In Sunday’s Earthquake stuck out to me the most. It was not only the most poignant of all the stories but I believe it was also the shortest in the collection. You can read it for free here.

Rating: 5/5

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