illumination, not to be confused with sparkly vampires

January 20, 2011

from Kevin Brockmeier, author of “The Brief History of Dead,” comes “The Illumination“:

What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely.

illumination refers to the expression of human pain:  one’s wounds shine.

Booklist and PW give it a starred review.  The Booklist review ends with glowing words indeed:

Known for his border-crossings between realistic and speculative fiction, Brockmeier is transcendent here. The “Illumination,” a dazzling manifestation of torment, seems holy, yet does it engender enlightenment? Can pain be beautiful? Is there meaning in suffering? This is a radiant, bewitching, and profoundly inquisitive novel of sorrow, perseverance, and wonderment.

free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment.

posting by marin

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2 Responses to “illumination, not to be confused with sparkly vampires”

  1. Kat Says:

    Can pain be beautiful? Is there meaning in suffering? These are good ideas to ponder.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    I have got to start reading this blog more regularly…I love Kevin Brockmeier!


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