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Book Discussion: Presence of Absence by Simon Van Booy
Book Discussion: Presence of Absence by Simon Van Booy

Tue, Jan 16


Stone Soup Books

Book Discussion: Presence of Absence by Simon Van Booy

As a writer lies dying, he has one last story to a tale of faith and devotion, a meditation on what lies beyond this life, and a prayer of gratitude that may lead to rebirth. This is Simon Van Booy at his visionary best.

Time & Location

Jan 16, 2024, 6:30 PM

Stone Soup Books, 150 Race Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA

About the Event

Drop in book discussion group. Only rule is we discuss the book! Let us know if you need a copy of the book. 

Our Jan 16, 2024 discussion is on “Presence of Absence” by Simon Van Booy

About the book:

“Language is a map leading to a place not on the  map,” announces a young writer lying in a hospital bed at the beginning  of The Presence of Absence . As he contemplates his impending physical  disappearance and the impact on his beloved wife, he realizes, “Life  doesn’t start when you’re born . . . it begins when you commit yourself  to the eventual devastating loss that results from connecting to another  person.”

Infused with poetic clarity and graced with  humor, Simon Van Booy’s innovative novella asks the reader to find  beauty—even gratitude—in the cycle of birth and death. Stripped of  artifice, The Presence of Absence is a meditation between the writer and  the reader, an imaginative work that challenges the deceit of written  words and explores our strongest emotions. Simon Van Booy  is not only a master storyteller but a writer whose fiction is rich  with philosophical insights into things both mapped and undiscovered.  The Presence of Absence parts the darkness to reveal what has been just  out of sight all along.

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