Ah, Simon Van Booy. He can really rip your heart out with his words. Sort of like this…
The Secret Lives of People in Love is a collection of short stories about the inner thoughts of people who have loved. And some of them are down right sad. I had a case of the sads after reading some of these- but in a good way! The characters are in love or have lost love or are witnessing someone else struggle with love.
I love Simon Van Booy’s writing. It is so simplistic but so full of meaning. Sometimes he’ll plunk a sentence down in the middle of a paragraph and I’d think, what the heck was that for, only to realize later, yeah, I see what you did there. Beautiful and poetic. That sums it up.
Two of my favorites came near the end of the book: Save As Many As You Ruin and The Still But Falling World. I loved the uplifting ending to the first one, while the other is about kindness. Two of the best, I think.
I don’t have much to add other than I hope he hurries up and writes more.