Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories by Simon Van Booy
Harper Perennial, New York, 2009
Borrowed from my library.
Often when I read a story collection I will devour two or three at a time, like some snack i can’t stop eating. Simon Van Booy’s stories are like a velvety rich Creme Brule. I could only have one and then savored it over days until I was ready for the next.
These stories are about people finding love in many forms, sometimes when they least expect it. The writing is dreamy and lyrical, the stories strange and sometimes sad, perfect for dark rainy afternoons curled up with a hot cup of tea.
I wasn’t sure what to write about this book because it strikes me as very personal, I’m sure each reader, if they enjoy these stories at all, will be deeply touched at some level. I was.
In September, 2009, Love Begins in Winter won the Frank O’Connor Award, the world’s richest prize for a short story collection.