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Tales of Accidental Genius by Simon Van Booy

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Also by Simon Van Booy:

The Sadness of Beautiful Things, October 2018
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Father's Day, May 2017
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Father's Day, May 2016
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Tales of Accidental Genius, November 2015
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Tales of Accidental Genius
Simon Van Booy

Harper Perennial
November 2015
On Sale: November 10, 2015
ISBN: 0062408976
EAN: 9780062408976
Kindle: B00TP0552O
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Literature and Fiction

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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