"... under the imaginary table that separates me from my readers, don't we secretly clasp each other's hands?" ~ Bruno Schulz
Interesting quote. I like the give and take imagery - that a reader is reaching out to me as I reach out to him/her. As a reader I can see myself doing that - hoping the writer will succeed in giving me a worthwhile read. I know he/she has succeeded when I forget there is a writer.
As a writer I want to do that - strive to do it - to connect to such an extent that the reader enters in and forgets about me while he/she engages in the story. If the reader has grasped my hand, at that point she'd forget she's hanging on.
I've read books in which the author was too intrusive - sometimes the language is just a bit too literary, or the voice of a character suddenly takes on a tone that isn't true. Those things throw me off and I'm likely to put the book down. But then there are other times when the authenticity is gripping and the story draws me along like the hexing flow of a fast-moving river.
I'd like to acheive that balance of fast pace and 'literary' writing - a fine edge to walk.
Some books I think acheived it -
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger; The Weeping Chamber by Sigmund Brouwer; Gilead by Marilyn Robinson; Bad Ground by Dale Cramer