The Illusion of Separateness (Paperback)

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I've always been a sucker for cross-generational tales of intertwined lives and the unexpected glues which hold them together, but sometimes they sadly feel contrived. Not so with Van Booy's dazzling story of random acts of kindness and mercy and their unexpected ramifications; this is a restrained, poetic message brimming with love and wonder. --Todd

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July 2013 Indie Next List


“Simon Van Booy's newest novel reminded me simply what it means to take joy in reading again. The story, spanning over a number of decades, delicately intertwines the lives of several characters who at a glance seem like strangers at first, but are in fact are making unforgettable impacts on each others' lives. This marvelously written book sinks its teeth into the hell of war, the pain and unspeakable joy of loving another human being, and what it means to grow up and grow older. With the introduction of each new character, pieces of the story begin to fall flawlessly into place, building upon a truth that Van Booy clings to- that there are no coincidences and the experiences we share with others are vital in shaping who we are as individuals. He has crafted such a delicious story with such believable and personable characters that it was difficult to put this book down!”
— Hannah Hester, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

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The characters in Simon Van Booy's The Illusion of Separateness discover at 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 a chain we cannot see. This gripping novel--inspired by true events--tells the interwoven stories of a deformed German infantryman; a lonely British film director; a young, blind museum curator; two Jewish American newlyweds separated by war; and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. They move through the same world but fail to perceive their connections until, through seemingly random acts of selflessness, a veil is lifted to reveal the vital parts they have played in one another's lives, and the illusion of their separateness.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062248459
ISBN-10: 0062248456
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Pages: 211
Language: English
Series: P.S.