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Kevin Brockmeier

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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.

Genres: Horror
New Books
September 2023

Ghosts and Speculation
   City of Names (2002)
   The Truth about Celia (2003)
   The Brief History of the Dead (2006)
   Grooves (2006)
   The Illumination (2011)
Anthologies edited
   Real Unreal (2010)
Novellas and Short Stories
Non fiction
Kevin Brockmeier recommends
The Deluge (2023)
Stephen Markley
"A major achievement, bountifully imagined. Unquestionably one of the best novels to grapple with the climate crisis. I am haunted by it."
Singer Distance (2022)
Ethan Chatagnier
"Singer Distance is a surprising, captivating, surpassingly intelligent novel, and I mean it as a great compliment when I say that I'm not quite sure where it came from. The narrator who leads us through its pages insists that he is one of the world's carpenters rather than one of its architects, but the reality that surrounds him is extraordinary, and so too, therefore, is his story. On the macroscale, it's a story about the interpersonal pathways that connect one planet to another and the interplanetary gaps that separate one heart from another; on the microscale, about what it feels like to occupy a single life, and how difficult it is to tell, when you're in the middle of it, whether that life is being wasted or fulfilled."
The Damage Done (2022)
Michael Landweber
"The Damage Done takes a fascinating premise and weds it to equally fascinating characters. More than that, though, in depicting a world without violence, it brings into focus how difficult it is to strip violence from our own imaginations and from the stories we tell. There are characters in this book's nonviolent world who cannot stop seeking to impose violence on others, and instinctively, as a reader, I found myself wishing to see those characters come to violent ends. This might be the book's most surprising achievement: the way it compels us not only to reconceptualize violence but implicates us in it."
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century (2022)
Kim Fu
"Kim Fu writes with grace, wit, mischief, daring, and her own deep weird phosphorescent understanding."
This Weightless World (2021)
Adam Soto
"This Weightless World filters its alien encounters and deep-space expeditions, its dreams and anxieties about the centuries to come, through the beating hearts of a few struggling, yearning, fumbling, desperate, modern-day human beings. It's not so much a novel of ideas, asking, 'What does the future hold for us?, ' as a novel populated by characters who can't stop asking themselves that same question. Reading it, I was reminded that caring about the fate of the planet is really a matter of caring about the fates of its billions of distinct and individual inhabitants, with their billions of distinct and individual futures."
Damnation Spring (2021)
Ash Davidson
"So absorbing is Damnation Spring, so rich with the atmosphere of a time and a place, that when I laid the book down it was hard not to look around my living room and wonder where the redwoods had gone. What impresses me the most about Ash Davidson and her writing is how deeply she understands her characters, and how sharply she has observed their world, yet how little fuss she makes about it. There's not an ounce of ego on display here, which means that it's never the singer you hear, always the song. And the song, in this case, is magnificent."

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