‘Conception’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ‘Conception’ by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 19 September 2010
Briefly: The narrator sits at his kitchen table reminiscing on his life and his marriage to a physically disabled wife. He arrived home to find that his wife had suddenly left the house; had struggled out into the rain-soaked fields on her crutches. The reason why lays before him on the kitchen table, flapping about in the breeze like a ‘white tongue’.
Afterthoughts: This is another hugely touching tale from Van Booy which is as lyrical as any other that he has penned. I loved this story simply because it both detracts the reader while drawing him in at the same time. It’s a short tale so I can’t say much more than that, but I can say that the story’s small size holds much power.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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).


  1. I loved Van Booy’s collection Love Begins in Winter. I will have to get my hands on The Secret Lives of People in Love. It sounds like the stories are just as lovely.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      ‘Lovely’ doesn’t even begin to describe these stories Erin. In fact I think they transcend any description that mere mortals can give to them 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by
      Warmest regards