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Love Begins in Winter : Five Stories
by Simon Van Booy


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On the verge of giving up--anchored to dreams that never came true and to people who have long since disappeared from their lives--Van Booy's characters walk the streets of these stark and beautiful stories until chance meetings with strangers force them to face responsibility for lives they thought had continued on without them.  Read more...


 
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Overview

On the verge of giving up--anchored to dreams that never came true and to people who have long since disappeared from their lives--Van Booy's characters walk the streets of these stark and beautiful stories until chance meetings with strangers force them to face responsibility for lives they thought had continued on without them.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061661471
  • ISBN-10: 0061661473
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: May 2009
  • Page Count: 226

Series: P.S.

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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 35.
  • Review Date: 2009-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Van Booy's sentimental second collection deals heavily in the neuroses and personal traumas of his characters. The longish title story follows Brunno Bonnet, an emotionally debilitated cellist with a fondness for stones who encounters Hannah, a bird-obsessed shop owner with a fondness for acorns. In the beautiful “The Missing Statues,” Max, a young diplomat is reduced to tears at the edge of St. Peter's Square in Rome as memories of childhood in seedy Las Vegas overwhelm him. In the excellent “The Coming and Going of Strangers,” a multigenerational story of heroism, tragedy, love and family finds its roots with Walter, a Romany Irish gypsy who falls in love with a Canadian orphan girl. Though Van Booy's tendency to deliver a late-story surprise becomes predictable, each of these stories has moments of sheer loveliness. (May)

 
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