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The IlluminationNt and from there through the hands of five other suffering people touching each of them uniuely I love the soft blue veins on your wrist I love your lopsided smile I love watching TV and shelling sunflower seeds with you The six recipients a data analyst a photojour­nalist a schoolchild a missionary a writer and a street vendor inhabit an acutely observed beauti­fully fam. Kevin Brockmeier has a remarkable and uniue talent for writing stories that are simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking He did it again

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From best selling and award winning author Kevin Brockmeier a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us allWhat 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 patie. Humanity suddenly changes as emotional and physical pain begins to shine out of our bodies like light How would a shift like that change culture And what does it all meanKevin Brockmeier examines these uestions through six different lives that are tied together through a diary filled with love notes from a husband to his wifeRarely has a book stuck in my mind like The Illumination Since putting it down I've found myself thinking about it and asking myself what the author was saying Through the haze of drugs it seemed to her that the light was not falling over her wound or even infusing it from the inside but radiating through it from another world She thought that she could live there and be happy pg 8 ebookThroughout the centuries mystics and others considered holy or infused with spirit have been depicted with light shining from their bodies and hands The ineffable connection to God or gods is shown in the artistic shorthand of light an illumination in the darkIn the day to day business of living many of us are too busy with our individual lives to stop a second and ask ourselves what is the purpose of this experience It feels so random for the most part Terrible things happen to good people good things happen to terrible people It feels arbitrary and worst of all meaninglessSo many are in pain and we can't possibly heal them all We don't acknowledge that But what if it became so obvious that we couldn't ignore it The world had changed in the wake of the Illumination No one could disguise his pain any pg 29 ebook The Illumination illustrates another of humanity's foibles the tendency to demote the miraculous to the mundane once it becomes a common place experience Babies are born every day People die every day Life in its beginnings endings and everything in the middle is extraordinary but I don't think we appreciate the enormousness of it unless something unexpected or earth shattering happens in our own lives He watched with interest as his body was chafed and torn thinking Look what's here inside me Who ever would have guessed pg 164 ebookMaybe if we truly tried to let it all in we would all stand around paralyzed by awe It turned out that the world at the end of time was just like the world at the beginning a single set of footsteps printing the grass everything lit with its own newness a brighter and much much emptier place pg 48 ebookIn this world the past is reexamined in the wake of the new light filled reality Historic photos are doctored to make the pain visible through light Hospitals develop new protocols to address the change in reality Communication and politeness take on new meaning as private pain becomes public knowledge For a few months church attendance spiked Some of the seats at Fellowship Bible were taken by visitors some by the Christmas and Easter set It didn't matter each new face showed the guilt fright or confusion of someone confronted by a game whose rules had suddenly changed pg 104 ebookThe dystopian worlds of literature present authors' various views on what the world would look like at the end of all things Brockmeier's world is so very much like ours except for one glaring difference Perhaps that's the point The end of the world is much like today light or no light we're all wandering around seeking meaning and bumping into each other and causing pain intentional and unintentionalThe spiritual and religious beg for illumination a shining light through the confusion a removal of a metaphysical blindfold But what would we do if those prayers were answered in a concrete way Probably nothing once the initial shock wore offRecommended for readers who seek the answers to unanswerable uestions Some trigger warnings for cutting self mutilation and violence

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READ & DOWNLOAD å The Illumination µ From best selling and award winning author Kevin Brockmeier a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us allWhat 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 byIliar yet particularly strange universe as only Kevin Brockmeier could imagine it a world in which human pain is expressed as illumination so that one's wounds glitter fluoresce and blaze with light As we follow the journey of the book from stranger to stranger we come to understand how intricately and brilliantly they are connected in all their human in­jury and experience. I can't explain why but I love Kevin Brockmeier's writing It's sad and beautiful and oddly soothing The story is strange about a world where pain glows with light and his characters are all troubled and riddled with pain Their stories are loosely intertwined in a way that reminded me that the world is smaller than we think I wish I knew what happened to all these people after the book ended