The Illumination

The Illumination

Book - 2010
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In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375425318
0375425314
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 22 cm

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SunKing2
Mar 12, 2011

Follows a 'diary', a collection of love notes made by a man before his wife died in a car accident. This book ends up in the posession of the roommate of the dying wife, and later by a feeble minded child and others.

A kind of a cool concept where people's injuries and pain cause their bodies to expel light at the point of pain.

Worth the read, although the ending is completely absent.

debwalker Feb 18, 2011

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia; the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery; and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His new novel is The Illumination. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Ark., where he was raised.

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Topoftiger
Feb 08, 2011

Salon has a good review of this book

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