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The author of the book: Kevin Brockmeier
ISBN: 0375421343
ISBN 13: 9780375421341
Language: English
Edition: Pantheon Books
Date of issue: March 19th 2002
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Very Short Review: "Apples" and "The Jesus Stories" are worth the price of admission alone.

Short Review: A decent collection. I checked the book out of the library and immediately purchased it after reading "Apples," "The Jesus Stories," and "A Day in the Life of Half of Rumplestiltskin." I loved all of these, will reread them numerous times, and don't feel like saying much else about them because they're still to close to me. Though I will say that I'll always think of "Apples" whenever I heard the word betwixt. Just beautiful. But the rest of the stories fell flat for me - though they might appeal to some. To me his stories (besides the aforementioned ones) tend to have a quietly disconcerting feel to them - well, "quietly" might not be right. I'd say "vaguely" is better. They feel a little vague, a little sad. A typical character is not someone who is lost, unsure, alone, full of longing - it's more like they are vaguely lost, vaguely unsure, vaguely hopeful. And I don't really get into that. It feels like a certain type of current day writing to me; gauzy, muffled, hurt, reaching out (but only vaguely). It's McSweeny's and Dave Eggers. It's NOT, as some blurbs said, like Ray Bradbury or Flannery O'Connor. Especially not O'Connor. Describing her work, she said: “To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large, startling figures.” Brockmeier's work is not stark, startling, or shouting - they are more dreamlike. Which is fine, but I don't really care to read about dreams. (On a sidenote, the only time I remember really liking it was in Raymond Carver's short story "Dreams;" he tends to give me a sense of place, and of moments within those places, but I didn't get that as much with Brockmeier.)

Other Notes: Every now & then Brockmeier gets a little pocket of observation just right - like Katherine's feeling like the library was underwater, or laying in bed and "her bedroom seems to widen with light, and the quiet, steady motion of it makes her think of golden fields of grass, drifting in long waves in the breeze," that are serene and that I can immediately identify with. They seem poignant as if they should be used to close out a story, but he just sprinkles them throughout, which takes away their significance in a way, but also maybe makes them more real - makes them feel like sad wishes...


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Ebook Things That Fall from the Sky: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) read Online! Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Brockmeier received his MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1997. His stories have been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeny's, Crazyhorse, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts grant.


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