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Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens—trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear.

George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor.

Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city’s past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about.

...And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty of one’s own fate. This is a novel you simply must read!”

    Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie

  • “Achingly beautiful, this book illuminates the need in us all for true connection in a life that often renders itself in fragments and artifacts and small bursts of color.”

    Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

  • “Van Booy’s writing rings with the proverbial pithiness of Oscar Wilde, the elegance of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the clarity of Graham Greene, and the wit of Evelyn Waugh, conjuring a strong voice full of poetic, timeless grace of which much of the contemporary literary scene is starved.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “A tender, earnest first novel…The rhythms of Henry’s tender, damaged heart propel the narrative, and 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

  • “A little patience will be taken in by the carefully etched stories and lyrically precise and inventive language. A lovely book.”

    Library Journal

  • Everything Beautiful Began After both creates and satisfies a feeling of wanderlust. Van Booy’s confident prose carries the reader over oceans and back again, into archaeological digs and airport hotels, and the romance at the center of the book stays vivid long after the story is through.”

    Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lydia | 6/1/2011

    " Having just finished reading, I'm not ready to analyze this yet. I want to enjoy its lingering sweetness in my mind like the aftertaste from a freshly made childhood memory of delicious carefree summers. One of the best books I've read this year, and possibly ever. Official review to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle (Book Chelle) | 5/16/2011

    " More like 3.5. Review to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha | 5/11/2011

    " Really lovely, everything about this novel. The language used to depict the story & setting had me scribbling quotes down at 2am on scraps of paper. I can't wait to read more Van Booy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kat | 4/1/2011

    " Gorgeous - I can't wait to read his other books. "

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