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The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

The Brief History of the Dead

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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 after our deaths. It is a story of spellbinding power and imagination, which resonates long after the final page.

If you like Kevin Brockmeier you might also like to read books by Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell and Yann Martel.


The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Time is running out for Laura Byrd. Three weeks ago she and her colleagues found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. The others set out in search of help, and now Laura realizes 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 Lauraâs journey lies at the heart of Kevin Brockmeierâs remarkable novel.

About the Author

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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Publication date

13th February 2006


Kevin Brockmeier

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