R.E.M. taught you that everybody hurts sometimes.
Author Kevin Brockmeier’s new novel, The Illumination, will show you what that hurt might look like when suddenly one day every person’s pain blazes with light. We’ve never read anything like it.
In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a hospital patient steals a private journal of love notes — I love the smell of your perfume on my shirts. I love the way you curl up against my body. — from a husband to his now-deceased wife. The diary goes on to pass through the lives of a data analyst, a photojournalist, a schoolchild, a missionary, a writer, and a street vendor, connecting them all and affecting each one differently.
All the while, an inexplicable phenomenon has taken over the Earth: All pain, be it physical or psychological, has become illuminated. Injuries from broken arms to broken hearts cut through the dark, showcasing our common suffering. Everywhere human bodies glitter and shine.
And Brockmeier’s book positively sparkles.
Available online at amazon.com, $14.
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