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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User Review  - David Mahaffey - Goodreads

Things these short stories have in common: an undercurrent of unease; an aspect of reality that doesn't match our own, on either a grand scale or a microcosmic one. Also: impressive world-building and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia J - Goodreads

I really did try with this one. "These Hands" made me uncomfortable from the get-go, and I kept thinking if I powered through I could get back to the Brockmeier I love but it never happened. "The Ceiling" is truly great, though. Read full review


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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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