Things that Fall from the Sky: Book summary and reviews of Things that Fall from the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier

Things that Fall from the Sky

By Kevin Brockmeier

Things that Fall from the Sky
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2003,
    224 pages.

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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 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. “The Jesus Stories” examines a people trying to accelerate the Second Coming by telling the story of Christ in every possible way. And in the O. Henry Award winning “The Ceiling,” a man’s marriage begins to disintegrate after the sky starts slowly descending.

Achingly beautiful and deceptively simple, Things That Fall from the Sky defies gravity as one of the most original story collections seen in recent years.

First published in hardcover by Pantheon in July 2002

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"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

"Heartbreaking and hopeful, this outstanding collection offers many pleasures." - Booklist

"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

"[A] generous collection....Brockmeier shows us a little bit of hope, a little light to see by, a plan for the future." - Chicago Tribune

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Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead, The Truth About Celia, The Illumination (2011), and the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and he has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. He was also named one of Granta magazine's ...

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