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Everything Beautiful Began After

A Novel


 On Sale: 27/06/2011
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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“A powerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty of one’s own fate. This is a novel you simply must read!” —Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie

From Simon Van Booy, the award-winning author of Love Begins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love, comes a debut novel of longing and discovery amidst the ruins of Athens. With echoes of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love and Charles Baxter’s The Feast of Love, Van Booy’s resonant tale of three isolated, disaffected adults discovering one another in Greece is the compelling product of an inquisitive, visionary talent. In the words of Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, “Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of the human heart.”

Book Description

Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens—trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear.

George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor.

Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city’s past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about.

...And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come.


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Critical Praise for Everything Beautiful Began After

“A swift and engaging story...”
Wall Street Journal

ISBN: 9780061661488; ISBN10: 0061661481; Imprint: Harper Perennial ; On Sale: 27/06/2011; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 416; $16.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC019000; BISAC2:FIC000000