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The Coming and Going of Strangers

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On the verge of giving up—anchored to dreams that never came true and to people who have long since disappeared from their lives—Van Booy's characters walk the streets of these stark and beautiful stories until chance meetings with strangers force them to face responsibility for lives they thought had continued on without them.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 19, 2009 – Van Booy's sentimental second collection deals heavily in the neuroses and personal traumas of his characters. The longish title story follows Brunno Bonnet, an emotionally debilitated cellist with a fondness for stones who encounters Hannah, a bird-obsessed shop owner with a fondness for acorns. In the beautiful “The Missing Statues,” Max, a young diplomat is reduced to tears at the edge of St. Peter's Square in Rome as memories of childhood in seedy Las Vegas overwhelm him. In the excellent “The Coming and Going of Strangers,” a multigenerational story of heroism, tragedy, love and family finds its roots with Walter, a Romany Irish gypsy who falls in love with a Canadian orphan girl. Though Van Booy's tendency to deliver a late-story surprise becomes predictable, each of these stories has moments of sheer loveliness.

Customer Reviews

Shortie but goodie

Very short but easy to read. I enjoyed every minute of it. Sappy but twist at the end.

Good story

This was a very nice story. Beautiful prose.

Beautiful Short Stories

Quick and lovely read. For romantics and short story lovers.

The Coming and Going of Strangers
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: May 12, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 38 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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