Everything Beautiful Began After
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Everything Beautiful Began After

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"Apowerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty ofone's own fate. This is a novel you simply must read!" --Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of Townie

FromSimon Van Booy, the award-winning author of LoveBegins in Winter and The Secret Lives of People in Love, comesa debut novel of longing and discovery amidst the ruins of Athens. Withechoes of Nicole Krauss's The History of Love and CharlesBaxter's The Feast of Love, Van Booy'sresonant tale of threeisolated, disaffected adults discovering one another in Greece is thecompelling product of an inquisitive, visionary talent. In the words of RobertOlen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a StrangeMountain, "Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of thehuman heart."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 137.16 x 198.12 x 33.02mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061661481
  • 9780061661488
  • 205,581

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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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Review quote

A tender, earnest first novel....Van Booy wisely resists romanticizing torment, instead suggesting that grief -- tied as it is to fate and faith -- can give awy to promise. --"Publishers Weekly""
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2,525 ratings
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4 33% (840)
3 25% (636)
2 10% (240)
1 4% (100)
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