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The Presence of Absence by [Simon Van Booy]

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The Presence of Absence Kindle Edition

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“Rich in setting and emotion. As ever with Van Booy, the reader is in good hands.”
Publishers Weekly

“This amazed me. It’s so deftly, delicately written, it seems as if real breeze is blowing—this, in the context of serious, sad subject matter. It’s a perfect integration of form and content, though who would have imagined it this way except Simon Van Booy? Reading it made me think about the many things hidden in and from our lives that appear only when they do. It’s a moving, brilliant book.”
Ann Beattie

“Some books have a voice that you tune into, a voice you know you can follow no matter where it's going…
The Presence of Absence is impossible to resist. A captivating fable that echoes in the mind long after the book is finished.”
Ilya Kaminsky

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Simon Van Booy has written over a dozen works of fiction (including Night Came with Many Stars) and is the editor of three volumes of philosophy. His books have been translated into many languages. He grew up in rural Wales, but currently lives in New York City where he works as an author, an editor, and an emergency medic at the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QRNZJZH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ David R. Godine, Publisher (November 1, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2016 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 121 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of nine books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy.

He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the New York Post, NPR, Poets & Writers, and the BBC. His books have been translated into many languages and optioned for film. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards.

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 4, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!
By Claire Fullerton on November 4, 2022
A mind-bending, affecting story that breaks the heart open with startling clarity, this book makes the reader want to take pen in hand to underline The Presence of Absences’ passages. That author Simon Van Booy has taken a universal subject most prefer to shy away from and creatively crafted an accessible work of high art is an unparalleled literary feat. The deft use of language in this tour de force fulfills its own mission when Van Booy summarizes, “Language is a map leading to a place not on the map.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story and intimate meditation on the end of life.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 15, 2022
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