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In addition to his most recent work, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, KEVIN BROCKMEIER is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer; and the children’s novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, Tin House, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has recieved the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. In 2007, he was named one of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

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The Brief History of the Dead
A Novel
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $11.99

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The Brief History of the Dead

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
A Memoir of Seventh Grade
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $11.99

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
A Memoir of Seventh Grade
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $15.00

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
A Memoir of Seventh Grade
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $24.00

At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is ready to become a different person: not the boy he has always been—the one who cries too easily and laughs too easily, who lives in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes—but someone else altogether.
 
Over the course of one school year—seventh grade—he sets out in... Read more >
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The Illumination

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.00

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Seattle Times, The Kansas City Star, and Philadelphia City Paper

What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?

At 8:17 on a Friday night, the Illumination begins. Every wound begins to shine, every bruise to glow and shimmer. And... Read more >
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The Illumination
A Novel
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Things that Fall from the Sky

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Things that Fall from the Sky

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95

Weaving together loss and anxiety with fantastic elements and literary sleight-of-hand, Kevin Brockmeier’s richly imagined Things That Fall from the Sky views the nagging realities of the world through a hopeful lens.

In the deftly told “These Hands,” a man named Lewis recounts his time babysitting a young girl and his inconsolable... Read more >
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The Truth About Celia

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.00

While playing alone in her backyard one afternoon, seven-year-old Celia suddenly disappears while her father Christopher is inside giving a tour of their historic house and her mother Janet is at an orchestra rehearsal.

Utterly shattered, Christopher, a writer of fantasy and science fiction, withdraws from everyone around him, especially his wife... Read more >
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The Truth About Celia

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

The View from the Seventh Layer
Stories
Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The View From the Seventh Layer

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $15.95

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow... Read more >
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