Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness, on tour June/July 2013

Posted By on June 1, 2013

The Illusion of SeparatenessAbout The Illusion of Separateness

• Hardcover: 224 pages
• Publisher: Harper (June 11, 2013)

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.

About Simon Van BooySimon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for The New York TimesThe Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Find out more about Simon at his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Simon’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, June 25th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Wednesday, June 26th: Unabridged Chick

Thursday, June 27th: Sweet Tidbits

Thursday, June 27th: Library of Clean Reads

Monday, July 1st: Book Dilettante

Tuesday, July 2nd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Monday, July 8th: The Blog of Lit Wits

Tuesday, July 9th: Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, July 10th: BookNAround

Monday, July 15th: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Tuesday, July 16th: Giraffe Days

Wednesday, July 17th: What She Read …

Thursday, July 18th: she treads softly

Monday, July 22nd: Drey’s Library

Tuesday, July 23rd: Literary Feline

Wednesday, July 24th: Between the Covers

Wednesday, July 31st: In the Next Room


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