Books The Sadness of Beautiful Things Stories by Simon Van Booy Paperback, 192 pages, Penguin Book, List Price: $16 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Sadness of Beautiful ThingsSubtitleStoriesAuthorSimon Van Booy Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Over the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people's stories. With these personal accounts as a starting point, he has crafted a powerful collection of short fiction that takes readers into the innermost lives of everyday people. Genres: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Sadness of Beautiful Things Review Book Reviews 'Beautiful Things' Is A String Of Little Apocalypses October 7, 2018 Almost every story in Simon Van Booy's bitter, tonic new collection is about the end of the world — or if not the world, then a world, whether it's a failing relationship or a dying family member.