Aisha Harris of Slate reports for NY1 on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."
Two great new books explore the idea of interconnecting relationships and the significant impact one person or thing can have on many different people.
In "The Illusion of Separateness," Simon Van Booy jumps between the lives of several different characters across multiple generations, including a British film director, World War II veterans and a young, blind art museum curator.
Van Booy employs a captivating prose, providing each character with a different rhythm and voice. He slowly builds their connection to one another one piece at a time, with stories harkening back to past all the way up to the present, until by the end, a satisfying understanding of their complex relationships is fully understood. A quick read, "The Illusion of Separateness" is well-crafted and emotionally moving.
In a similarly compelling story, legendary actor Sidney Poitier weaves elements of sci-fi and mystery in his first novel, "Montaro Caine."
Years after encountering a mysterious coin with strange properties while working in a lab at MIT, CEO Montaro Caine is again presented with the opportunity to analyze it. This time around, however, prominent figures from all walks of life are interested in the coin and the value they can obtain from it, setting off a series of events involving trickery and deceit in a scramble to gain ownership. No one knows for certain what power lies in the coin, but it soon becomes clear that this is something that could change the world as they know it.
Poitier handily juggles the stories of several characters after the same thing, and offers a truly suspenseful narrative.