Things that fall from the sky

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Pantheon Books, Mar 19, 2002 - Fiction - 217 pages
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Unexpected humor and tenderness intertwine with loneliness and desire to create a whimsical ambience throughout the stories of Things That Fall from the Sky. In “These Hands,” a male babysitter who claims never to have read Nabokov tells of his relationship, both constraining and exalting, with the small girl in his care. “A Day in the Life of Rumpelstiltskin” is the story of the bisected left half of the famous imp who is searching for his lost sense of wholeness. In “The Ceiling,” a man’s marriage slowly collapses as a massive object appears in the sky over his small town. And “The Jesus Stories” is the tale of a people who believe they can precipitate the Second Coming by telling every imaginable story about Jesus Christ. Combining the simplicity of fairy tales with the physical and emotional detail of very adult lives, Kevin Brockmeier has found a voice unlike any other for the stories in this glittering collection.

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Review: Things that Fall from the Sky

User Review  - Lori - Goodreads

This was a beautifully themed book of short stories. I enjoyed a couple of the stories more than others. The first about the babysitter and the one about the airplane was very cool, all abstract and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cielo - Goodreads

The stories were vivid. They almost felt like dreams. The descriptions were wonderful. My favorite stories would have to be Apples, A Day in the Life of Half of Rumplestiltskin, and Space. These stories would probably sound great when real aloud. Read full review

Contents

Apples
68
The Jesus Stories
132
The Passenger
159
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Kevin Brockmeier has published stories in The Georgia Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and McSweeney’s. Among the honors he has received are the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship and, in 2000, an O. Henry Award. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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