The Illumination

The Illumination

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What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?
 
From best-selling and award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier: a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us all.
 
At 8:17 on a Friday night, the Illumination commences. Every wound begins to shine, every bruise to glow and shimmer. And 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.
 
I love the soft blue veins on your wrist. I love your lopsided smile. I love watching TV and shelling sunflower seeds with you.
 
The six recipients--a data analyst, a photojournalist, a schoolchild, a missionary, a writer, and a street vendor--inhabit an acutely observed, beautifully familiar yet particularly strange universe, as only Kevin Brockmeier could imagine it: a world in which human pain is expressed as illumination, so that one's wounds glitter, fluoresce, and blaze with light. As we follow the journey of the book from stranger to stranger, we come to understand how intricately and brilliantly they are connected, in all their human injury and experience.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375425318
0375425314
Branch Call Number: BROCKMEIER
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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