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Things That Fall from the Sky (Vintage Contemporaries)by Kevin Brockmeier
Synopses & Reviews
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 "These Hands," a man named Lewis recounts his time babysitting a young girl and his inconsolable sense of loss after she is wrenched away. In "Apples," a boy comes to terms with the complex world of adults, his first pangs of love, and the bizarre death of his Bible coach. In the O. Henry Award-winning "The Ceiling," a man's marriage begins to disintegrate after the sky starts slowly descending.
"Brockmeier's hallmark is the fineness of his prose, and in the tender sweep of his best stories he proves himself a formidable young writer." Publishers Weekly
"Brockmeier investigates our capacity for wonder with the fastidious precision of a clockmaker, and the result is exacting and perfectly strange." New Yorker
"Delightful, sad and often magical....Brockmeier's small, carefully made worlds are like Steven Millhauser's; they are definitely fantastic and miraculously, utterly human." The New York Times Book Review
"With so much madness abroad in the world, Brockmeier provides welcome magic. Without lapsing into the simplistic or the sentimental, the stories evoke a human desire to recall that childhood realm of fairy tale." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Lyrical....Brockmeier is clearly a talent. The stories are filled with the kinds of metaphors that make you see the world afresh." Shout
"The best pieces in this collection...allow that in some rare instances, storytelling has the power to redeem." The Village Voice
"[A] generous collection....Brockmeier shows us a little bit of hope, a little light to see by, a plan for the future." Chicago Tribune
"A promising first collection, showcasing a new writer's significant powers of invention." Kirkus Reviews
"Heartbreaking and hopeful, this outstanding collection offers many pleasures." Booklist
About the Author
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of The Truth About Celia and a children’s book, City of Names. He has published stories in The Georgia Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and McSweeney’s, and his story “Space” from Things That Fall from the Sky has been selected for 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, a first prize), and most recently, a NEA grant. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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