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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.19(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.57(d)|
About the Author
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the story collection Things That Fall from the Sky and the children’s novel City of Names. He has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Short Stories, and his story “The Green Children” from The Truth About Celia was selected for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. He has received the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award, a James Michener—Paul Engle Fellowship, two O. Henry Awards (one of which was a first prize), and, most recently, an NEA grant. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books. Very well written and well done.
Kevin Brockmeier¿s first novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT CELIA, is a heart-wrenching book that is so horribly devastating but a page-turner to say the least. The cleverly written debut novel is enjoyable to read from the introduction until the very last sentence.
Celia Brooks, a seven-year-old girl disappears from her backyard leaving no signs as to where she went or what happened to her. Her mother and father, Janet and Christopher, are in complete shock and do not know who to turn to or what to do. Christopher, a writer, tells many different tales of what might have happened. Spending all of his time writing may have caused his marriage to crumble.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CELIA is a book within a book. Brockemeier passes the book off as a collection of short stories written by Christopher Brooks. In the begging of the novel, Brockmeier actually has Brook¿s dedication page, previous works, and an author¿s note. Each story Christopher tries to figure out what may have possibly happened to Celia.
The first short story ¿March 15, 1997¿ is Brook¿s attempt to remember things the very day it happened. Another story that may be a little more whimsical is ¿The Green Children¿ which brings the audience to almost a fairyland where Celia vanished to.
Some of the stories are actually what is happening in the present. Christopher and Janet¿s marriage is crumbling and in scenes told in the present tense really let the readers know what is going on.
At last, Brook¿s sees that he cannot save is daughter. He and Janet hold the memorial to try to finally come to ease with their loss. The stories are therapeutic fiction for Brooks. Once Christopher finds out his wife is having an affair with the local police officer, he has nowhere to turn except his writing. All of his works seem to come from a parent who just needs answers but has no one to ask questions to. Ultimately, THE TRUTH ABOUT CELIA is a book about the wonders of life.