Everything Beautiful Began After: A Novel (Paperback)

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Gentle genius! A story so exquisitely written that it will stay with the reader forever. I am looking forward to re-reading many passages in order to savor some of the most wonderful expressions of thought and feeling I have ever encountered. — Karen Frank

Prose that can only be likened to honey dripping off the tongue. Delicious!! — Cheryl Cornwell

I was struck from the very first line: “For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” One of my absolute favorite novels of all time. In the course of 400 pages, Simon Van Booy will break your heart and mend it back together. — Amelia Stymacks

August 2011 Indie Next List


“Simon van Booy's heart-stopping novel takes place predominantly in Athens in the summertime - a hot, dizzying place where three characters forge a brief and unforgettable connection. This book will completely sweep you away. It brims over with small, perfect details and plot twists that must be read to be believed. I can't imagine a better summer read!”
— Kat Bailey, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

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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.”

About the Author


Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Praise For…


“A swift and engaging story...”
Wall Street Journal

“His prose is music, and his characters are warmhearted, gentle, bemused, philosophical beings….It’s as if Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 30 has unfolded into a full-blown novel.”
— Austin Ratner, The East Hampton Star

“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

“Van Booy’s writing seduces from the first page….He is a hugely gifted writer. More vitally, he has something to say.”
Portland Press Herald

“There is...an integrity to [Van Booy’s] vision and a haunting element in his portrait of friendship and, ultimately, resolution.”
Daily Mail (London)

“[T]he exquisite prose and heartbreaking (but never hopeless) emotional honesty make it a worthy read.”
Daily Candy

“Vivid and meticulous...the floweriness of his prose is skillfully balanced by his short, precise sentences. Intriguing.”
Metro (London)

“Atmospheric and anchored in its place. A book that is timeless but not rootless. Everything Beautiful Began After is highly sophisticated and absolutely sincere.”
Irish Times

“How lovely to encounter a grownup romantic in Simon Van Booy….[He] is a lovely writer, and Everything Beautiful Began After is a kind book.”
Open Letters Monthly

“Beautifully written, touchingly told, Van Booy radiates pain, fears, love and freedom on every page of this book.”
Passport

“A tender, earnest first novel....Van Booy wisely resists romanticizing torment, instead suggesting that grief -- tied as it is to fate and faith -- can give awy to promise.”
Publishers Weekly

“If F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marguerite Duras had had a son, he would be Simon Van Booy; this is a truly special writer who does things with abstract language that is so evocative and original your breath literally catches in your chest. This is a novel you simply must read!”
— Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie

“Already a new-generation master of the short story, Simon Van Booy has now emerged as a newly minted master of the novel as well….Van Booy is a writer whose work I will forever eagerly read.”
— Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061661488
ISBN-10: 0061661481
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 5th, 2011
Pages: 416
Language: English
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