Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Harper, May 12 2009, $13.99
“Love Begins in Winter”. Concert cellist Brunno is a loner who never moved past his sister’s death; Hannah is a shop owner who never moved past her brother’s death. Neither normally would make the first move yet this couple both make the first move when they meet in Beverly Hills.
"Tiger, Tiger". In her thirties, her boyfriend’s parents insist on meeting her. A pediatrician she is indifferent so she goes out to the Hamptons where Alan and Jennifer welcome her. However, in spite of eighteen months with Brian, she finds herself attracted to and fascinated by his mother until Dorothy takes a bite.
"The Missing Statues". In St. Peter’s Square, Max the diplomat cries as he knows how far he has come from his childhood growing without a father up in the sordid hidden side of Las Vegas; yet part of his tears are his way of thanking the person who gave him the courage to move on and up.
"The Coming and Going of Strangers". The Irish gypsy saves the orphan Canadian child’s life. Two decades later his son watches from a distance keeping her safe even as he loves her.
"The City of Windy Trees". The letter shook George to the core. Chomping on Raisinets while sitting on his toilet, he ponders going from New York to meet his daughter in Sweden.
These are five well written relationship dramas starring fully developed couples in each. The entries are fun to read, but suggest spread them out over a week or so even though the collection can easily be read in a night; by doing one say every two days, the protagonist remains front and center rather than the late gripping spin that the reader will expect by “The Missing Statues”. LOVE BEGINS IN WINTER is an enjoyable reflective anthology.