The Illusion of Separateness - Simon Van Booy

Whether considered an episodic narrative or a series of linked stories, Simon Van Booy’s bittersweet second novel highlights the degrees of separation between people and, in the same breath, collapses them. Set in various years from 1937 to 2011 and ranging among France, Britain, and the East and West coasts of the U.S., The Illusion of Separateness (Harper Perennial, $14.99) really takes place where memory and imagination overlap; one character recounts his experiences and another picks up the threads, inventing plausible scenarios to fill the gaps in the stories she grew up with. Most of these stories center on John Bray, an American World War II pilot, his family, friends, and the strangers their lives touch, often in profound and surprising ways. Van Booy is unfailingly compassionate to his characters and they return the favor to each other, finding ways to redeem a painful and destructive world.

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ISBN: 9780062248459
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014