The Truth About Celia

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byKevin Brockmeier

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While playing alone in her backyard one afternoon, seven-year-old Celia suddenly disappears while her father Christopher is inside giving a tour of their historic house and her mother Janet is at an orchestra rehearsal.

Utterly shattered, Christopher, a writer of fantasy and science fiction, withdraws from everyone around him, especially his wife, losing himself in his writing by conjuring up worlds where Celia still exists—as a child, as a teenager, as a young single mother—and revealing in his stories not only his own point of view but also those of Janet, the policeman in charge of the case, and the townspeople affected by the tragedy, ultimately culminating in a portrait of a small town changed forever. The Truth About Celia is a profound meditation on grief and loss and how we carry on in its aftermath.


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While playing alone in her backyard one afternoon, seven-year-old Celia suddenly disappears while her father Christopher is inside giving a tour of their historic house and her mother Janet is at an orchestra rehearsal.Utterly shattered, Christopher, a writer of fantasy and science fiction, withdraws from everyone around him, especiall...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307429474

ISBN - 13:9780307429476

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended "Devastating and dazzling; in its painful fusion of pathos, fantasy - ultimately- realism, Brockmeier's heartbreaking book is reminiscent on The Lovely Bones" so says Time Out. I'd agree with the first bit of this assessment of Kevin Brockmeier's book, but not with the second- this book is nothing like The Lovely Bones a book which I admired the heck out of for the first 100 pages and was then incredibly disappointed with. Other than a few rave reviews, I knew nothing about this book or its author. The book's cover is disconcertingly like The Time Traveler's Wife (a book I love to bits) but there are no other similarities. Brockmeier's book is an incredible journey into the devastating grief that grips fantasy writer, Christopher Brooks, and his wife Janet, after their seven year old daughter, Celia, goes missing from their back yard. The book consists of several short stories, all written by Christopher as he attempts to come to terms with Celia's disappearance; he imagines (and writes about) her living in different worlds and he also addresses his own grief- and the grief of his wife- in these stories. There is nothing linear about this book...and there is no resolution- and the mystery of Celia's disappearance is never solved and none of that matters one bit. The Truth About Celia is luminous, heartbreaking and utterly beautiful. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2007-11-01