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The Brief History of the Dead

Brockmeier, Kevin

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ISBN 10: 0375423699 / ISBN 13: 9780375423697
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 2006
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Kevin Brockmeier." A dystopian novel of the future by the author of "The Truth about Celia." Quarter-bound in gray paper-covered boards with a black paper, silver-lettered spine. "Signed Copy" bookmarker from Prairie Lights bookstore, Iowa City, laid in. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.95); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002518

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Title: The Brief History of the Dead

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

“Remember me when I’m gone”
just took on a whole new meaning.

The City is inhabited by the recently departed, who reside there only as long as they remain in the memories of the living. Among the current residents of this afterlife are Luka Sims, who prints the only newspaper in the City, with news from the other side; Coleman Kinzler, a vagrant who speaks the cautionary words of God; and Marion and Phillip Byrd, who find themselves falling in love again after decades of marriage.

On Earth, Laura Byrd is trapped by extreme weather in an Antarctic research station. She’s alone and unable to contact the outside world: her radio is down and the power is failing. She’s running out of supplies as quickly as she’s running out of time.

Kevin Brockmeier interweaves these two stories in a spellbinding tale of human connections across boundaries of all kinds. The Brief History of the Dead is the work of a remarkably gifted writer.

About the Author:

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia, the story collection Things That Fall from the Sky, and the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. He has published stories in The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and The O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. He has received the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), and an NEA grant. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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