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The Brief History of the Dead
by Kevin Brockmeier

Published: 2007-01-09
Paperback : 272 pages
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From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

 

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this ...

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From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

 

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City’s only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

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  "The Brief History of the Dead"by lindap492004 (see profile) 10/09/09

I liked the premise that we don't really disappear after we die as long as there is someone on earth that remembers us.

It was a little scary to think that we are all so connected that t

... (read more)

 
  "The Brief History of the Dead"by bjmore (see profile) 10/09/09

This book has an interesting premise, but can be a depressing read. The symbolism can lead to interesting discussions, and the ending also allows speculation among the readers.

 
  "A Short Story Made Long"by maril (see profile) 10/09/09

 
  "Is there Life after this Life?"by beezmama (see profile) 06/13/08

Although death itself can be a morbid subject, this story brought an interesting and unique slant to the idea of memories carrying us through to the next life. While at times the story seemed a bit "Twilight... (read more)

 
  "Created GREAT discussion, subject matter very fresh and well written"by Dental (see profile) 06/13/08

Our Club was about 50-50 on whether they really "liked" the book as one of their favorites, but with us, those are the ones that create the best discussions. So as far as a recommendation for a great... (read more)

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