Tales of Accidental Genius: Stories - Simon Van Booy

It’s always a treat when Simon Van Booy comes out with a new book. One of the most evocative and charming writers today, Van Booy made his name with his short stories and became an indie bookseller favorite. His latest collection of stories, Tales of Accidental Genius still shows him in fine form. Van Booy’s trademark is creating characters with deep empathy and haunting pathos, winding them around each other in remarkable encounters and relationships, such as the elderly man and young pet store clerk who bond over a goldfish; the Chinese director who decides to start his career all over again with a new, profoundly raw story to tell; and a fashion designer who has a chance encounter with a playwright that unwinds in a deep, though fleeting, connection. To read Van Booy is to sink into a warm window seat with frosted-over panes as an evening snow softly falls outside. His stories are lovely, powerful and startling in their poignancy. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who adores beautiful, spare prose and stunning, secret glimpses into people’s lives as they gently collide.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062408976
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2015

Of Things Gone Astray - Janina Matthewson

Of Things Gone Astray gives us a cast of characters who wake up to find something important to each of them is missing, ranging from a former concert pianist’s piano keys to a young woman’s lover not getting off the plane she was supposed to be on. From there, each character struggles to go on with these inexplicable happenings while intertwining through each other’s lives with unknown consequences. Matthewson’s storytelling moves forward at an engaging pace as she shows us it is only when we’ve lost can we transform in the most magical of ways.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780007562473
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Published: Friday Project - February 3rd, 2015

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780008137557
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Published: Friday Project - February 2nd, 2016

The Hunting Gun - Yasushi Inoue

With a spare beauty, Yasushi Inoue defines the concept of true loneliness through the story of a hunter thrice rejected by the most important women in his life. Using an intricately layered narrative, the book’s protagonist is a poet, whose poem, the titular The Hunting Gun, is published in a friend’s hunting enthusiast’s magazine, and while waiting in trepidation for rejection from the magazine’s readers is then sent a letter by a man who is convinced he is the hunter in the poem. What follows is a haunting meditation on love, loss and the how certain choices shape the tragic inevitability of life.

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By Yasushi Inoue, Michael Emmerich (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781782270010
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Published: Pushkin Collection - September 23rd, 2014

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