Father’s Day

Pages: 304
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Father’s Day

Simon Van Booy

A beautifully crafted story from the award-winning author of The Illusion of Separateness
9781780749693 (26 May 2016)
RRP £12.99

The Book

When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker, Wanda, and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met - a disabled ex-con, haunted by a violent past he can't escape. Moving between past and present, Father's Day weaves together the story of Harvey's childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman in Paris.  Written in raw, spare prose that personifies the characters, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruins of their past.

Father's Day is a meditation on the quiet, sublime power of compassion, and the beauty of simple, everyday things - a breakthrough work from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the human heart.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld

About the Author

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Illusion of Separateness and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for the New York Times, Guardian, NPR and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


‘A captivating story about family, belonging and home’.

- New Books

‘Van Booy charms us with the struggles of this unlikely father-figure'.

- Sunday Herald

'The novel is almost heartbreaking in its expression of the hunger to love and be loved'

- Booklist

The moving account of a unique relationship between a parent and child, thrust together under the worst of circumstances. With fine, nuanced prose and much tenderness, Booy guides this unlikely father-daughter pair into a beautiful maturity, showing us with great heart what it really means to be a family'

- Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things

 ‘Deftly portrays his characters' raw emotions'  

- Wall Street Journal

 ‘Van Booy writes with muted unsentimental elegance about the impulses that bind us together'  

- The Times

 ‘Tells his stories without affectation, but ever so effectively as a stylist and a devout humanist' 

- Portland Press Herald

‘The uncanny beauty of Van Booy's prose, and his ability to knife straight to the depths of a character's heart, fill a reader with wonder'

- San Francisco Chronicle

 ‘This is a truly special writer who does things with abstract language that are so evocative and original, your breath literally catches in your chest' 

- Andre Dubus III

 ‘From minimalistic sentences he wrings out maximum impact, stripping away artifice and elaboration in favor of stark, emotional clarity and honesty'  

- Boston Globe

 ‘Van Booy writes like Hemingway but with more heart'  

- New Hampshire Public Radio

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