‘Snow Falls and Then Disappears’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ”Snow Falls and Then Disappears” by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 09 September 2010
Briefly: A man ruminates on past relationships as he prepares to leave his deaf wife for good, while she pays a visit to the local bakery on the corner.
Afterthoughts: What I love about Van Booy is that he often presents a story which on the surface seems pretty straightforward enough. It is not until one begins ‘chipping away’ at his story however, that one realises that everything is anything but straightforward. Snow Falls and Then Disappears is a great example of this kind of story, and what begins as a simple tale of ‘man separates from woman’ soon becomes something much more profound. And as always is the case when Van Booy is the storyteller, it all becomes profound in the most breathtaking and most beautiful of ways.

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).