In the novel we encounter a cast of characters that by all rights should never intersected. Born in different countries, and on different continents Van Booy still manages to have them touch one another’s lives.
Which character resonated with you? What was it about him/her that drew you to them?
Did the story make you stop and consider how you might have changed someones life without knowing it at the time? Can you reflect on an event in which your actions may have altered someones life for the better?
None of the characters in the novel realized the connections that they made or the effects that they had on one another’s existence. How long did it take for you to realize the disconnectedness of the story lines?
Van Booy is a novelist and philosopher. As I was reading The Illusion of Separateness for the first time I felt as though he managed to meld both disciplines in an effortless manner. Share your thoughts with the group.