The Illumination

by Kevin Brockmeier

The Illumination

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A journal of private love notes written by a husband to his wife in the wake of a fatal car accident passes through the hands of a hospital patient and five other suffering people whose respective experiences connect them to each other in poignant and complex ways. By the author of The Brief History of the Dead.

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The Illumination is an unnerving spiritual fantasy about how we humans would (or would not) respond if we could see each other's wounds — physical and emotional — glowing through our bodies. It's structured as a series of linked stories, in which characters hand off to each other a dead woman's deeply affecting collection of love letters. The Illumination glows with the awareness of its characters' sufferings and the bright light of

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Kevin Brockmeier is no fiction novice, although, until this year's publication of his novel The Illumination, he's gotten more critical attention for his short stories than his longer works. The Illumination is an unnerving spiritual fantasy about how we humans would (or would not) respond if we could actually see each other's wounds — physical and emotional — glowing through our bodies. Structured as a series of linked stories in which characters hand off a dead woman's

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