Monday, April 17, 2006

The Brief History of the Dead

I listened to this book on CD (narrated by Richard Poe). I think it would be better read in printed form but there are so many books and so little time...
Written by Kevin Brockmeier, the book takes place after a pandemic has wiped out the human population except for one. Everyone who has died ends up in a city that is a sort of limbo. The one person who hasn't died is Laura Byrd who is at a research station in Antartica. The chapters alternate between those in the City and Laura Byrd; you soon learn what the connection there is between the two. It sounds like science fiction and I don't usually care for science fiction. But this is more about people, relationships and memory. It is quite thought provoking and would make a great book group selection.


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