The Brief History of the Dead

by Kevin Brockmeier

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All the different strands are still rushing around in my head, still astounding me, pulling me back for I read it like a galloping horse, so totally hooked was I.  The chapters alternate between what is happening in the City and Laura Byrd struggling to stay alive in the Antarctic.  The link between the two is spellbinding, utterly brilliant.  Highly recommended.

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Comparison: Unique but you’ll enjoy Audrey Niffenegger, David Mitchell, Yann Mantel.

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The Brief History of the Dead Synopsis

Laura Byrd is in trouble. Three weeks ago she and her friends found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. Her friends set out in search of help, and now Laura realises that they are not coming back. So she gathers her remaining supplies and sets out on an extraordinary journey.

Meanwhile in another city, more and more people arrive every day. Each has a different story to tell, but their accounts have one thing in common – it was their final journey. For this is the city of the dead. And the link between this city and Laura`s journey lies at the heart of Kevin Brockmeier`s remarkable novel.

The Brief History of the Dead tells a magical story about our lives – about our place in the world, our connections with each other, and what happens to us all after our deaths. It is a story of spellbinding power and imagination, which resonates long after the final page. 

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ISBN: 9780719568305
Publication date: 25/01/2007
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780719568183
Publication date: 13/02/2006
Publisher: Hodder Education
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719568305
Publication date: 25th January 2007
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the story collection Things That Fall from the Sky and the children’s novel City of Names. He has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Short Stories. He has received the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener—Paul Engle Fellowship, two O. Henry Awards (one of which was a first prize), and, most recently, an NEA grant. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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