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The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
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Aug 24, 2007

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

Kevin Brockmeier has two storylines that alternate between the chapters, yet these storylines are closely connected. One is about a world inhabited by those that have died but are remembered by those that are still living. When they are no longer remembered by the living, they disappear. The other storyline is about a woman working for the Coca-Cola company and working in Antarctica. Throughout the rest of the world everyone has died from a fast-spreading virus, which she has not been affected by because of her isolation. It is the purely by the power of her memory that this other world of the dead survives and shows that no matter how small, memories are important. You never know the number of connections that you make or the people you are connected to. This book makes you stop to think about those possibly thousands of connections that you have made throughout your life, and how they would live in this other world if you survived.
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