In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection.
Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their, darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.
The Illusion of Separateness intertwines the stories of unique and compelling characters who—through seemingly random acts of selflessness—discover the vital parts they have played in each other’s lives.
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The book's best sections are those that describe the ordeal of an American airman who has crash-landed in France. The writing here is more direct, less admiring of itself, and provides respite from the dominant elegiac tone.Read Full Review of The Illusion of Separateness:... | See more reviews from Guardian
...Mr. Van Booy strives to show the interior experience of each individual but also the wider, lingering effects of our actions.Read Full Review of The Illusion of Separateness:... | See more reviews from WSJ online
...the overall sense is that Van Booy is foregrounding a we’re-all-in-this-together theme that many novelists needlessly obscure.Read Full Review of The Illusion of Separateness:... | See more reviews from Kirkus
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