Father's Day

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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Van Booy has written more than a dozen works of fiction (including Night Came with Many Stars and The Presence of Absence) and is the editor of three volumes of philosophy. Raised in rural North Wales, Simon currently lives between London and New York, where he is a volunteer EMT for Central Park Medical Unit and RVAC. In early 2020, he rescued his first mouse.


"In this novel, Van Booy is at his most poignant, showing how redemption can arise from heartbreaking circumstances." -- Boston Globe

"There's so much to enjoy along the way, from Mr. Van Booy's muted lyricism to the profusion of quiet domestic moments rendered in the strangely captivating way of Andre Dubus." -- Baylis Greene, East Hampton Star

In Father's Day, Van Booy again deftly demonstrates that he is a master at the craft of storytelling. -- Portland Press Herald

"Moving, redemptive new novel...The third-person narrative gives both characters their own, distinctive voices that nonetheless change over time. Van Booy creates refreshing, humorous, yet poignant childhood milestones that the two reach with emotional honesty." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Van Booy's great triumph comes in using a family secret to underscore the message that family is as much a choice as a blood tie. Although any reader will find something to love here, someone who has benefited from a perfectly imperfect family will wear the widest smile. This little book with a big heart is suitable not just for Father's Day, but for any day." -- Shelf Awareness

"[Van Booy's] facility with word choice and sentence structure can leave a reader swooning...[a] movingly understated drama punctuated with moments of quiet reflection." -- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic

"The moving account of a unique relationship between a parent and child, thrust together under the worst of circumstances. With fine, nuanced prose and much tenderness, Booy guides this unlikely father-daughter pair into a beautiful maturity, showing us with great heart what it really means to be a family." -- Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things