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The Brief History of the Dead

AuthorKevin Brockmeier
Cover artistArchie Ferguson
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy , adventure
PublisherPantheon Books
Publication date2006
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages252 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN0-375-42369-9 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC60550844
Dewey Decimal813/.6 22
LC ClassPS3602.R63 B75 2006

From KEVIN BROCKMEIER, one of this generation's most inventive Young Writers, comes striking new novel about death, life, and mysterious places in between. City Is Inhabited By Those Who Have Departed Earth But Are Still Remembered By Living. They will reside in this afterlife until are completely forget. But city is shrinking, and residents are clearing out. Some of holdouts, like Luka Sims, produce Citys only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is beginning of end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio find only static, and power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across ice to look help, but time is running out. KEVIN BROCKMEIER alternates these two storylines to create lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and power of memory. In addition to his most recent work, Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, KEVIN BROCKMEIER is author of novels Illumination, Brief History of Dead, and Truth About Celia; story collections Things that Fall from Sky and View from Seventh Layer; and children's novels City of Names and Grooves: Kind of Mystery. His work has translated into seventeen languages. He has published his stories in venues as New Yorker, Georgia Review, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Tin House, Oxford American, Best American Short Stories, Years Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from South. He has received Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards, PEN USA Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and NEA Grant. In 2007, he was named one of magazines Best Young American Novelists. He teaches frequently at Iowa Writers Workshop, and he lives in Little Arkansas, where he was raise.

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Other subplots are equally convincing and reflect on relationships in beautiful, delicate manner.-Publishers Weekly adult / High school. Brockmeier's haunting reminder of how connected people are to one another will appeal to readers of fantasy yearning for bit more to think about than usual fare offers.-School Library Journal, although it never quite lives up to its promising premise, novel's Borges-like spirit will appeal to select readers.-Booklist beautifully written and brilliantly realize, this imaginative work. It delivers startling sense of what it really means to be alive.-Library Journal It's striking premise and, for much of novel, deftly told through hints and rumors. But as Brockmeier alternates between Laura's story of survival in Antarctica and daily life in afterlife, he uses Laura's memories as transition between two worlds. As Tolstoy say, art is in transitions, and here Brockmeier's seams are showing.-Washington Post this Information about Brief History of Dead show above was first featured in BookBrowse Review-BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our Weekly publishing this Week newsletter. In most cases, are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are publisher or author and feel that reviews do not properly reflect range of media opinion now available, please send us message with mainstream media review that you would like to see added. Any author information displayed below reflects author's biography at time this particular book was publish.

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What if those enjoying afterlife require for their continuing existence be remembered by Earthlings? And then pandemic virus called Blinks kills off everyone but isolated researcher in Antarctica who is forced by accident to make two heroic treks to save herselfand her dear depart, though she doesnt know that. In alternating chapters, Brockmeier describes life after death as retro city where people do change and tells harrowing tale of plucky, 30-something Laura Byrd. Since afterlife, as depicted here, is never stakes of Lauras sledding arent what Brockmeier hopes. Set in future riven by planetary wars, global warming and extinction of other mammals, book wants to be allegory of saving interdependence, what Emerson calls each and all, but not even storys halves mesh. Highly detailed polar chapters seem composed their own cinematic sake. And newly unite deadLauras parents, old lover, executive she works religious fanatic, people casually knownare too briefly sketch and allow too little freedom to elicit much engagement. In this speculative fiction, perhaps most interesting element to wonder about is how Brockmeier will get away with blaming Coca-Cola for causing pandemic. Inseparable identical twin sisters home together, and then one decides to vanish. Talented Bennett Fuels Her Fiction With Secretsfirst, In Her Lauded Debut, Mothers, And Now In Assure And Magnetic Story Of Vignes Sisters, Light-skinned Women Park On Opposite Sides Of Color Line. Desiree, fidgety twin, and Stella, smart, careful girl, their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. Novel Opens 14 Years Later As Desiree, Fleeing Violent Marriage In DC, Returns Home With Different Relative: Her 8-year-old Daughter, Jude. Gossips Are agog: in Mallard, marries dark. Marrying dark man and dragging his blueblack child all over town was one step too far. Desiree's decision seals Jude misery in this colorstruck place and propels new generation of flight: Jude escapes on track scholarship to UCLA. Tending bar as side job in Beverly Hills, she catches glimpse of her Mothers doppelganger. Stella, ensconce in society, is shedding her fur coat. Jude, so black that strangers routinely stare, unrecognizable to her aunt. All this is expertly pace, unfurling before book is half finish; reader can guess what is coming. Bennett is deeply engaged in unknowability of other people and scourge of colorism. Scene In Which Stella Adopts Her White Persona Is Tour De Force Of Doubling And Confusion. It calls up Toni Morrisons ' Eye, book's 50-year-old antecedent. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incompletefor twins without each other; for Jude's boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in as Bianca. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her commentary crisp.

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