Night Came with Many Stars


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$17.95  $16.69
David R. Godine Publisher
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.8 X 0.9 inches | 1.05 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.


"It is a heartbreaking book, a gorgeous book...In Night Came with Many Stars, Van Booy finds the weakness, grace and beauty of common lives fully lived."
--NPR, "Books We Love"

"Not to miss!"
--USA Today

"Kindness and raw luck undergird Night Came with Many Stars--echoing the trials and windfalls of Oliver Twist or David Copperfield. And like Dickens's young heroes, Van Booy's determined souls act with their whole hearts--as does this brave, fierce novel--to earn what good may come."
--Boston Globe

"Van Booy is a beautiful storyteller, and his latest offering is no exception."
--New York Post, "Best new books"

"A beautifully realized, multigenerational family novel that is exceptional for its memorable, fully developed characters. Readers will become emotionally invested...invited to consider the meaning of family and the power of memory."

"A work of great warmth, generosity, and optimism. Van Booy is a writer of grace and empathy."
--East Hampton Star

"Simon Van Booy's spellbinding novel is told with an exquisite and poetic delicacy, imbued with a profound compassion for the humanity of its characters. It is a gorgeously written, deeply moving triumph."

--Gabriel Byrne, Walking with Ghosts

"Night Came with Many Stars is an ensemble narrative, with stories and perspectives spanning the 20th century. What connects them is place, and the search for a sense of home and safety--whether that means a car, a house, a piece of land, or another person. They are also connected through the strength and ingenuity of girls and women, whose stories in this novel are searing and unforgettable."
--Fiction Writers Review

"I read this novel in a headlong rush, unable to break free of its spell. Beautiful as an old bruise, plain-spoken as a prayer, Night Came with Many Stars rings hard and true with the poetry of real life. Van Booy knows that love and heartache go hand-in-hand--and that cold hard reality is no match for the dreams and longings each of us carry inside."
--Christina Baker Kline, author of The Orphan Train

"This beautiful novel left me with a heightened appreciation of the pattern created by each individual life, as well as the larger pattern of several lives overlapping. Night Came with Many Stars is about impermanence and resilience, and the marvelous randomness of the world."
--Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

"Simon Van Booy's Night Came With Many Stars is an ambitious and deeply humane novel about the lives of an American family across multiple generations. Not since Ray Pollock's Knockemstiff and Denis Johnson's Jesus's Son has middle America been so powerfully evoked and brilliantly animated. This is a monumental novel that brings something new and resonant to the classic American multi-generational family novel."
--Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fisherman

"I have long loved the work of Simon Van Booy, and this spare, gorgeously-written novel may be his best yet. These unforgettable characters and the intersection of their destinies through time form a pattern as true and human and beautiful as life itself."
--Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

"A breathtaking talent and an artist in the fullest sense of the word, few writers sculpt their sentences with such beautiful precision, and fewer still imbue their characters with such depth of humanity.