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'Finding the Illusion': New Book Invites Readers on Journey from Grief to Illumination
May 12, 2008 (08:05 AM EDT)

DALLAS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "Finding the Illusion" (published by AuthorHouse -- ) is set "in a fictional town that fits no particular place. It could be everybody's town or nobody's town. It's just a place where a story takes place," writes first-time author Simeon Hoe. Hoe's "Finding the Illusion" is, at its heart, an honest look at the effects of suicide and an exploration of the dynamics of familial relationships. Hoe chose to keep his setting low-key so his characters and their emotions could take center stage.

"Finding the Illusion" is the story of a family whose daughter commits suicide. Her suicide forces them to stop focusing on material possessions and professional success. Crystal, Stephanie, Rob and Sam are all confronted with their own misconceptions as they work their way through grief.

Hoe uses his characters to illustrate the influences that outside factors -- background, parents, grandparents, etc. -- have in shaping lives and attitudes. "Finding the Illusion" uses dialogue to reveal the heart and soul of its characters and their stories. Hoe believes that "the reader will find the reality of their illusions" as they explore the world of the characters he has created, characters coping with grief, loss and self-discovery.

Hoe also uses this opportunity as an author to enlighten readers on the topic of suicide. He writes:

The book touches on a topic that is all too frequently found in the headlines of newspapers and lead stories on nightly television. Almost every one of us knows about, has read about, heard about, or knows firsthand someone having committed suicide. The subject of suicide is not taken lightly. Suicide is preventable with treatment, and as depression often leads to suicide, early detection and acceptance of the fact that one may be depressed cannot be overlooked.

Simeon Hoe was born in Nevada and spent six years in boarding school as a teenager. "Finding the Illusion" is his first published book.

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