‘No Greater Gift’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ‘No Greater Gift’ by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 29 August 2010
Briefly: Having just picked up a mysterious package, Gabriel considers the passengers with whom he shares his subway journey home with. In turn the passengers are considering Gabriel, and many of them do so with much preconceived suspicion.
Afterthoughts: This may not be the most deep and philosophical tale that Simon Van Booy has ever written, but it stands out as one of the most adorable for a couple of reasons. Firstly it’s just a really good story with a great ending. Secondly, it gives the reader a wonderful glimpse into subway commuting in New York City, complete with all of its multi-cultural charm and prejudices.

Rating: ★★★★½

This story was read as part of a review of Simon Van Booy’s collection, The Secret Lives of People in Love. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either swing by my ‘forethoughts’ post, or to visit the product page on the publisher’s website; The Secret Lives of People in Love is published in the UK by Beautiful Books, and in the US by Harper Perennial.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).