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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Van Booy Narrator: Simon Van Booy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780062114549
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“Apowerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty ofone’s own fate. This is a novel you simply must read!” —Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie

FromSimon Van Booy, the award-winning author of LoveBegins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love, comesa debut novel of longing and discovery amidst the ruins of Athens. Withechoes of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love and CharlesBaxter’s The Feast of Love, Van Booy’sresonant tale of threeisolated, disaffected adults discovering one another in Greece is thecompelling product of an inquisitive, visionary talent. In the words of RobertOlen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a StrangeMountain, “Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of thehuman heart.”

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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 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 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 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 Kat | 4/1/2011

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

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About the Author
Author Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in rural Wales and Oxford. After playing football in Kentucky for two years, he lived in Paris and Athens before earning an MFA in 2002. He is the editor of multiple philosophy books and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, the Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian, as well as on NPR. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Long Island University. He is also involved in the Rutgers Early College Humanities program for young adults living in underserved communities. He won the H.R. Hays Poetry Award, the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award, was a finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, and his work has been translated into thirteen languages.