Vintage Contemporaries

The View from the Seventh Layer

Publisher: Vintage
Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow distant and beautiful. From the touching title story, where a young, antisocial woman imagines her escape into the sky with an apparition only she can see, to the haunting story of a pastor tempted by something less than divine, Brockmeier moves effortlessly from the extraordinary to the everyday, while challenging us to see the world anew. Stunning, elegant, profound, and playful, The View from the Seventh Layer cements Kevin Brockmeier's place as one of the most creative and compassionate writers of his generation.

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A Fable Ending in the Sound of a Thousand Parakeets

Once there was a city where everyone had the gift of song. Gardeners sang as they clipped their flowers. Husbands and wives sang each other to sleep at night. Groups of children waiting for the school bell to ring raced through the verses of the latest pop...
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“Some writers show us the world we live in. Brockmeier shows us, instead, the one we might live in if only we had a little more imagination.”
Los Angles Times

"Powerfully affecting. . . . Carefully observed. . . . A field of sparks set ablaze by Brockmeier's artistic hand.”
The Miami Herald

“[Filled] with lyrical grace, indelible characters and deep insight. . . . Startlingly original.”
Tucson Citizen

“Devilishly addictive. . . . Brockmeier slakes our thirst once again with rich language, measured telling, [and] a hint of wonder.”
The Seattle Times