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The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

Article by Tony O’Neill, Dubray Books Blackrock ©.
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In this intriguing novel, we are treated to a truly unique reading experience. Carol Ann Page is alone and in hospital, light issuing from her wounds. All over the world, for reasons unknown, pain is manifesting itself as light, pouring forth from every cut, scar, bruise and lesion. On the news, they’re calling this extraordinary phenomenon the ‘Illumination’. Carol Ann comes across a private journal, filled with the most heartfelt, everyday declarations of love. The journal will pass from her to five other people and in the process change their lives forever. We see how even the smallest of human interactions can alter lives in a profound way. I enjoyed this book as I did Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, specifically how the individual stories of each of the characters inter-connect through the passing of the journal.