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Tales of Accidental Genius: Stories

von Simon Van Booy

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A master storyteller's vision reawakens us to the human experience in this diverse, haunting, and unexpectedly humorous new collection of short fiction from Simon Van Booy--his first since Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. "She believed it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us. Long before death, we die a thousand times at the hands of a definition." In his first book of short stories since Love Begins in Winter, for which he won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), bestselling author Simon Van Booy offers a collection of stories highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, the teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey, and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, Tales of Accidental Genius contemplates individuals from different cultures, races--rich and poor, young and old--and reveals how faith and yearning for connection helps us all transcend darkness of fear and misfortune.… (mehr)
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Beautifully composed stories...
Simon Van Booy is always a comfort-read... ( )
  hummingquill | Jul 24, 2019 |
Genius, here, means acts of kindness and compassion, often between strangers or those of different generations; even, sometimes, from ghosts to the living. As always, SVB's prose is tender and concise and poetic.

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He wondered where everyone he saw was going, and stared at them the way an illiterate stares at words in a sentence. -"The Menace of Mile End," 5

Dedicated to God.
But if God doesn't exist,
Then to Larry. -"The Muse," 56

Language merely points, she had read once in a book of German poetry; the rest must be imagined. -"The Muse," 57

It was like a film, but with breathing for music. -"Golden Helper II," 145 ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 15, 2015 |
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A master storyteller's vision reawakens us to the human experience in this diverse, haunting, and unexpectedly humorous new collection of short fiction from Simon Van Booy--his first since Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. "She believed it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us. Long before death, we die a thousand times at the hands of a definition." In his first book of short stories since Love Begins in Winter, for which he won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), bestselling author Simon Van Booy offers a collection of stories highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, the teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey, and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, Tales of Accidental Genius contemplates individuals from different cultures, races--rich and poor, young and old--and reveals how faith and yearning for connection helps us all transcend darkness of fear and misfortune.

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