If words were cloth, Simon Van Booy’s “The Illusion of Separateness” would be silk. His prose flows like water and weaves a gossamer web of lives together with fragile beauty. “Illusion of Separateness” takes the reader on a journey from present day California to World War II Europe and back. Told with touching grace, Van Booy’s story serves to illustrate how interconnected our lives really are.
This was one of those books that I had to keep interrupting myself to read fabulous sentences or phrases aloud to people around me. I absolutely loved Van Booy’s prose, it reminded me of Ivan Doig’s writing and what he calls “lyrical prose.” Van Booy uses the English language the way the great masters used paint. At the end of the book, I was left gazing in awe at what had been created! The only thing I can find wrong with this book is that I can’t immediate send everyone I know out to buy copies…it releases on June 25th,. I would strongly suggest that you mark your calendar or place your pre-order on this one. As for me, when I find an author I like this much there is only one thing to do. I’m off to read the rest of his works!
This book was provided to me by Harper for this review but the opinions are entirely my own!