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The Secret Lives of People in Love

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    The Fullest of Reading Experiences

    Simon Van Booy's collection of stories have the confident strength of gravity pulling you into his pages so that the reader becomes a sponge taking on the mood of the story.
    Subtle imagery makes you pause and reread the paragraph, the sentence the word so as to fully feel the scene and the weight and sometimes burden of its beauty. I refused to read this book in a waiting room or in public because I did not want to squander the experience; I wanted to feel the story without any distraction, feeling free to linger because this book is a rare encounter and something to be savored.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Van Booy, Master Story Teller

    Van Booy's medium, the short story, compels. Every single story in this collection gave me chills, and I don't mean goosebumps, but actual chills that ran up and down my spine. If the economy has you worried, read Van Booy's work. Just one story at bedtime is a prescription for pleasure. I can't wait for his second collection of stories to come out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Compelling stories beautifully written

    I picked this book on whim after just reading a few pages in the store. Something caught me about this book.

    These stories are so well written, I found myself enthralled by this book. Descriptions that find the bare essence of a scene, characters who show the many sides of humanity. There is no pretense in this writing, it is intensely focused storytelling.

    Some stories are inspiring, some poignant but every one a gem.

    I highly recommend this book for both its stories and being so beautifully written.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    These stories deal with people in love┬┐ or various stages of love and sometimes (often) loss. They are simply told, yet with beautiful, flowery prose.

    I really enjoyed peeling away the layers and enjoying this one in small bits. Although it wasn¿t my intention to take an entire year to read it, reading it this way seemed proper. These are not stories to rush through. This was my first experience with Van Booy¿s writing but it definitely won¿t be my last.

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