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David R. Godine Publisher
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5.51 X 8.35 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 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.



"Enchanting . . . fresh and often funny, thanks to the author's artful prose."
--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Charming . . . generous . . . vibrant . . . reveal[s] something profound about the human need for connection."
--Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"Sipsworth is a love story about a woman and a mouse. Reason suggests that such a relationship couldn't possibly work, and yet I found myself pulling for this unlikely duo on every page. Simon Van Booy's characters are loaded with charm, resilience, and the deep desire for connection that all mammals share. I loved it."
--Ann Patchett

"Through tears, laughter, joy, and pain, I just couldn't stop reading this novel about friendship and second chances. Sipsworth is a marvel--storytelling at its absolute finest."
--Marc Levy

"Whimsical, beautifully detailed, and filled with heart, Sipsworth is a slim, sparkling jewel of a novel."
--Christina Baker Kline


The Presence of Absence

"Flows with depth and power....From its outset, The Presence of Absence runs blood-rich with declarations that make you inhale sharply....wide-open wonder."
--Washington Post

"Rich in setting and emotion. As ever with Van Booy, the reader is in good hands."

--Publishers Weekly

"Simon Van Booy electrifyingly combines story with parable. The Presence of Absence boggles and reverberates: wise, witty and always breathtakingly beautiful."
--San Francisco Chronicle, Best Fiction of the Year

"With its elegant passages on love and the fallibility of memory . . . this indelible portrait of transience, sorrow and hope will move readers."
--Shelf Awareness

Night Came with Many Stars

"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"