‘A captivating story about family, belonging and home’.
Father’s DaySimon Van Booy
When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker 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, and written in a wonderful raw, spare prose, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruins of their past.
‘Van Booy charms us with the struggles of this unlikely father-figure’.
'The novel is almost heartbreaking in its expression of the hunger to love and be loved'
‘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’
‘Deftly portrays his characters’ raw emotions’
‘Van Booy writes with muted unsentimental elegance about the impulses that bind us together’
‘Tells his stories without affectation, but ever so effectively as a stylist and a devout humanist’
‘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’
‘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’
‘From minimalistic sentences he wrings out maximum impact, stripping away artifice and elaboration in favor of stark, emotional clarity and honesty’
‘Van Booy writes like Hemingway but with more heart’