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The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
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May 11, 09

bookshelves: speculative-fiction, antarctica, pandemic, afterlife
Read in January, 2007

It's been two years since I read this book and I realized recently that I am still thinking about it. Its twin themes of loneliness and connection tug at my heart. In the near future, on the planet we know, a woman alone fights for survival during a pandemic. In another space, "The City," the some of the dead live on, still not having come to the end of their journeys. As human life on earth diminishes, life in The City too destabilizes.

I can't write much more without giving away the plot, but I can say that I enjoyed reading about The City more than future-earth. Although City people don't age, they do change. They keep thinking and clarifying for themselves what makes life precious.

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