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The Illumination

(2011)
A novel by

 
From best-selling and award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier: a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we all bear and the light that radiates from us all.

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. 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 familiar 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.

 
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Used availability for Kevin Brockmeier's The Illumination


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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0-224-09337-1 / 978-0-224-09337-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Illumination: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0-375-42531-4 / 978-0-375-42531-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Illumination (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0-307-38777-1 / 978-0-307-38777-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0-09-955578-6 / 978-0-09-955578-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

June 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   

June 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2011 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Illumination (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 1-4074-7609-2 / 978-1-4074-7609-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: the illumination: a Novel
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 1-4561-2184-7 / 978-1-4561-2184-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Illumination
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Illumination: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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