Title: ”Save as Many as You Ruin” by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 06 February 2011
Briefly: New York City, and while walking home from the office, Gerard, prompted by the snow falling around him, is ruminating on past times. His mind keeps fleeting to his young daughter who awaits him at home, and as he does so waves of profound love sweep over him. He is suddenly stopped in his tracks however, when he recognises a face from his past.
Afterthoughts: Although I don’t believe this to be one of the most remarkable stories that Van Booy has penned to date, I believe it to be one of the most intimate, at least from the perspective of its author. It’s no secret that Van Booy shares a profound and intimate relationship with his daughter (more than most fathers because through tragedy Van Booy has raised his daughter alone), and this story, in some ways, not only pays tribute to that profound connection between father and daughter, but it also seems to show the author reaching deep inside himself. It’s all very touching!
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.