The Truth About Celia (2003) 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… 2003-07-08 Fiction Pantheon
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The Truth About Celia (2003)

The Truth About Celia | EDITOR'S CHOICE The ''Truth'' does everything but hurt
EDITOR'S CHOICE The ''Truth'' does everything but hurt
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 08, 2003; Writer: Kevin Brockmeier; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Pantheon

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.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints