Shake the story line of ”The Lovely Bones” like a snow globe and you might get Kevin Brockmeier’s equally affecting miniaturist’s take on a little girl’s vanishing, The Truth About Celia. The narrator isn’t 7-year-old Celia, whose disappearance is never explained, but her father, Christopher, a sci-fi/fantasy writer plagued by memories ”like millions of tiny ball bearings that send him slipping and tumbling off his feet.” In his hopeful imaginings, Celia is brought back as a green-skinned waif in the Middle Ages, as the single mother of a 10-year-old magician, and as a disembodied spirit who calls her dad from beyond on her Walt Disney Talk-to-Me Telephone. Told in short, fine-tuned chapters, Brockmeier’s follow-up to 2002’s fairy-tale-inspired story collection ”Things That Fall From the Sky” is a dazzling fantasia on grief and time.
The Truth About CeliaShake the story line of ''The Lovely Bones'' like a snow globe and you might get Kevin Brockmeier's equally affecting miniaturist's take on a little...The Truth About CeliaFictionKevin BrockmeierShake the story line of ''The Lovely Bones'' like a snow globe and you might get Kevin Brockmeier's equally affecting miniaturist's take on a little...2003-07-25Pantheon
Genre: Fiction; Author: Kevin Brockmeier; Publisher: Pantheon
Posted July 25 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
- WATCH: Here's your exclusive first look at 'Project Runway' season 15
- Marvel Tsum Tsums go from plush to digital in new mobile game
- Chris Pratt explains his 'Magnificent Seven' character
- 'Game of Thrones' casts Jim Broadbent in first season 7 role
- 'Pretty Little Liars': The latest victim speaks!
- 'Captain America: Civil War' among new items on iTunes in September
- The Voice's Dia Frampton shares career struggle in heartbreaking essay
- 11 of the Best 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' Guest Stars
- 'Easy': 12 Exclusive First Look Photos
- First Look: Jyn Erso Toys from 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
- Darth Vader, Voldemort, and 7 Other Pop Culture Comparisons to Donald Trump
- Celebrity Professors: See Stars Who Make the Grade
- 55 Books to Read This Fall