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The brief history of the dead

Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brockmeier, Kevin.
Brief history of the dead.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2006
(OCoLC)607785836
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0375423699 9780375423697
OCLC Number: 60550844
Description: 252 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Kevin Brockmeier.
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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."--Publisher's website.

In an afterlife world inhabited by the recently departed who remain in the memories of the living, Marion and Phillip Byrd fall in love again, while on Earth, their daughter, Laura, is stranded alone in an Antarctic research station.

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