The View from the Seventh Layer by Kevin Brockmeier
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Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow distant and beautiful. From the touching title story, where a young, antisocial woman imagines her escape into the sky with an apparition only she can see, to the haunting story of a pastor tempted by something less than divine, Brockmeier moves effortlessly from the extraordinary to the everyday, while challenging us to see the world anew. Stunning, elegant, profound, and playful, The View from the Seventh Layer cements Kevin Brockmeier's place as one of the most creative and compassionate writers of his generation.


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About Kevin Brockmeier

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Kevin Brockmeier is the author of The Brief History of the Dead, The Truth About Celia, Things That Fall from the Sky, and two children's novels. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and Oxford American, and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There’s real poignancy in stories concerning a solitary mute living in a song-filled metropolis, who creates his own musical legacy (“A Fable Ending in the Sound of a Thousand Parakeets”), and in “Andrea Is Changing Her Name,” about a quiet girl who stoically grows out of her sheltered life;

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In “The Air Is Full of Little Spots,” the narrator, a presumably Afghan tribal woman, writes of her tribe's belief that “we see the world only from the back,” but at moments, by the grace of God, “the world turns its face to us.” While many characters reach such moments of clarity, the stories of...

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Book Reporter

At the end of that two-page scene, the reader in effect becomes the protagonist of the tale, offered a choice between putting his “shoes on and going out for a walk” or “spending a quiet morning at home.” Depending on that choice, and one made at the end of each subsequent scene, the reader is mo...

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Suite 101

There are a couple other stories that aren't quite on par with the rest, like "Father John Melby," but it's easy to overlook the fact that not every single story is great because, quite frankly, most of the stories in this collection are great.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

In his 2006 novel, The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier gave readers a dazzling vision of an afterlife where residents of a city are kept "alive" only as long as someone back on earth remembered them.

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Bookmarks Magazine

It moves fluidly, finding beauty in the quiet, often overlooked corners of the world.

By turns daring and moving, The View from the Seventh Layer is crafted with the remarkable voice and vision that have become hallmarks of Brockmeier's acclaimed fiction.

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Fiction Writers Review

The View from the Seventh Layer is a rich, ethereal collection: here are fables, ghost stories, romances (among them a sci-fi adaptation of “The Lady with the Pet Dog”), personal histories, anxieties of influence, and spiritual bursts — even a choose-your-own-adventure for the soul.

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News Review.

Kevin Brockmeier’s novel The Brief History of the Dead has become a sort of cult classic in only a couple of years (there are two kinds of people in the world: those who’ve read it and those who haven’t;

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Charleston City Paper

Each of the 13 stories in The View from the Seventh Layer is some ingenius variation of narrative genre — there are four fables, a ghost story, an alien abduction story, a fantasy, a science-fiction romance, a situation comedy of sorts, and even a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story.

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