Synopses & Reviews
This richly imaginative novel is set on Earth and in the City, an Earth-like place where the recent dead live as long as they are remembered by those still alive. Among the residents of the City are Marion and Phillip Byrd, who are falling in love with each other again even after a decade on marriage while they were alive. Their daughter, Laura, is on Earth--trapped in an Antarctic research station. With supplies running out, Laura is racing against time to survive--and her memories of her parents are fading. With consummate skill, Brockmeier twines together these stories to create a vivid connection between the living and the dead.
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.