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The Illusion of Separateness (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

A stunning story that will grip you from the opening scene. The writing flows like poetry, and each word is meant to be savored. The characters are connected through time by one man's single thoughtful act during WW2. The atmosphere is beautiful, peaceful, and rough, and leaves the reader reeling in the quiet mystery and drama of how actions do resonate through time. A book to be read twice and to be given to friends.


Indie Next List

July 2013
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


The award-winning author tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man's act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of a group of strangers, and how they each eventually discover the astonishing truth of their connection.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062112244
ISBN-13: 9780062112248
Published: HarperTorch, 06/01/2013
Pages: 211
Language: English

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