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Kevin Brockmeier

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...

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The Brief History of the Dead
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2007
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9595-7 (1-4000-9595-6)

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

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2015
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-6989-9 (0-8041-6989-6)

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...

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The Illumination
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2012
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38777-6 (0-307-38777-1)

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 in the... Read more

Things that Fall from the Sky
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72769-6 (0-375-72769-8)

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... Read more

The Truth About Celia
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72770-2 (0-375-72770-1)

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

The View From the Seventh Layer
Written by Kevin Brockmeier
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2009
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38776-9 (0-307-38776-3)

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