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Tales of Accidental Genius: Stories (Paperback)

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Another wonderful, lush, simple, thought provoking collection from one of my favorite authors

"She belived it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us...." 

Loved this. A perfect collection to discover Van Booy for the first time! 

— From Shannon's Picks

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062408976
ISBN-10: 0062408976
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English