On a seemingly normal day, a mysterious worldwide phenomenon, referred to as “The Illumination,” occurs. Suddenly, every person’s suffering is made visible. Pain is manifested as radiant light pouring from the wounds of the injured, glowing from an arthritic knee, sparking the air around the heartbroken. In a series of linked vignettes, a journal containing love notes written by a man for his deceased wife passes from character to character, touching their lives in a myriad of ways. Brockmeier has written a dazzling and powerful tale about the way in which our common suffering informs, names, and connects us. –Laurie
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