Everything Beautiful Began After

Author(s): Simon Van Booy

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Rebecca is young, lost, and beautiful. A gifted artist, she seeks solace and inspiration in the Mediterranean heat of Athens--trying to understand who she is and how she can love without fear.


George has come to Athens to learn ancient languages after growing up in New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges. He has no close relationships with anyone and spends his days hunched over books or wandering the city in a drunken stupor.


Henry is in Athens to dig. An accomplished young archaeologist, he devotedly uncovers the city's past as a way to escape his own, which holds a secret that not even his doting parents can talk about.


...And then, with a series of chance meetings, Rebecca, George, and Henry are suddenly in flight, their lives brighter and clearer than ever, as they fall headlong into a summer that will forever define them in the decades to come.

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"If F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marguerite Duras had had a son, he would be Simon Van Booy; this is a truly special writer who does things with abstract language that is so evocative and original your breath literally catches in your chest. This is a novel you simply must read!"--Andre Dubus III, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Townie"

Simon Van Booy won the International Frank O’Connor Prize, and is author of the highly acclaimed essays in modern philosophy: Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter. He lives in New York where he lectures at the School of Visual Arts, and is involved in the REaCH Program for young adults living in underserved communities.

General Fields

  • : 9780061661488
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : HarperCollins
  • : 0.318
  • : July 2011
  • : 204mm X 140mm X 28mm
  • : United States
  • : August 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Van Booy
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 823.92
  • : 404