The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

Such a softly beautiful book, with prose the like of which I’ve never read before. Sentences that make me stop, and then take me into my own world with connected thoughts.

“I think people would be happier if they admitted things more often. In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment–we are all defined by something we can’t change.”

Each story in The Illusion of Separateness is, in fact, connected. The characters’ lives are intertwined in ways that become clear as the novel reaches its resolution.

But I was perfectly content to read of them independently of one another. Each character was fully developed for me, in a tender way which made them so endearing to read about.

The writing, the stories, the bits of wisdom interspersed throughout, made this a lovely read. Now I know why Simon Van Booy is such a beloved author.

Glad to have Love Begins In Winter amongst the stack for Saturday’s read-a-thon.