The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy is now in paperback! The Illusion of Separateness is a gripping, emotional novel inspired by true events. The San Francisco Chronicle said that “The uncanny beauty of Van Booy’s prose, and his ability to knife straight to the depths of a character’s heart, fill a reader with wonder…There are so many wonderful sentences in this book, a reviewer groans for want of room to list them.”
Simon Van Booy is the beloved author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including the critically acclaimed novel Everything Beautiful Began After and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winning collection of short stories, Love Begins in Winter. Van Booy continues to inspire with The Illusion of Separateness, a novel that seamlessly connects characters separated by time and place. “Masterful prose....From minimalistic sentences he wrings out maximum impact, stripping away artifice and elaboration in favor of stark, emotional clarity and honesty.” —Boston Globe
The characters in Simon Van Booy's The Illusion of Separateness discover at their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in a chain we cannot see. This gripping novel—inspired by true events—tells the interwoven stories of a deformed German infantryman; a lonely British film director; a young, blind museum curator; two Jewish American newlyweds separated by war; and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. They move through the same world but fail to perceive their connections until, through seemingly random acts of selflessness, a veil is lifted to reveal the vital parts they have played in one another's lives, and the illusion of their separateness.