my take: file this one under the "different" category... i would classify as magical realism.
there are two main threads that run through the chapters - each told from a different person. these two threads tie the book together enough that it wasn't annoying to have so many different stories.
the diary element that runs through the whole novel is intriguing to me. and inspiring. i enjoyed pondering life with "the illumination." would humanity be kinder to each other?
my source: Festival of Faith and Writing
my verdict: worth a read.