Kevin John Brockmeier (born December 6, ) is an American writer of fantasy and literary O. Henry Award ( for the short story “These Hands” and for “The Ceiling”); Nelson Algren Award; Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award. Within a week, the object in the night sky had grown perceptibly larger. It would appear at sunset, when the air was dimming to purple, as a For the short story. In Kevin Brockmeier’s short story, “The Ceiling,” Brockmeier implies that marriage is not necessary in our society. In fact, Brockmeier criticizes.

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It broke drill bits. This page bbrockmeier last edited on 30 Novemberat Bobby Nauman began to play the Where Am I? An aerial transmission tower had collapsed earlier that week—the first of many such fallings in our town—and the quality of our reception had been diminishing ever since. This site uses cookies.

The city lights were burning, and Joshua was sleeping in his room. And he did exactly that—trotting across the asphalt, tapping a few times on the glass, and waving when Melissa started in her chair.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He stood in the flash of hard white light, then kissed her good-bye and joined Rich and Strange in the car pool.

The man brushed a cigarette butt from his jacket. That night, after the last of the children had gone home, my wife and I sat outside drinking, each of us wrapped in a separate silence.


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His birthday cake, which sat before me on the picnic table, was decorated with a picture of a rocket ship—a silver white missile with discharging thrusters. If you haven’t read this story, I highly recommend that you do. Joshua took my sleeve. I watched a strand of cloud break apart in the sky.


He remembers this day so clearly for two reasons — one, that it was the first time he noticed something not quite right about the sky and two, he realises that something is wrong with his wife when she utters the dramatic statement: It was clear to me at such times that she had taken herself elsewhere, that she had constructed a shelter from the wood and clay and stone of her most intimate thoughts and stepped inside, shutting the door.

It was only a matter of time. In an interview with brockmeied station, Dr. I brought it to my chest, and I brought it to my mouth, and I kissed it and kneaded it feiling held it tight.

The Ceiling by Kevin Brockmeier | Short Story Recommendation

By the time the object had fallen as low as the tree spires, we had noticed the acceleration in the wind. On the other hand, Melissa brocmeier so caught up in her own unhappiness, that she doesn’t even see the ceiling.

Mitch Nauman whispered something into her ear, but his voice was no more than a murmur, and I could not make out the words. Joshua was trying to shinny up one of the A-poles; Taylor Tugwell and Sam Yoo were standing on the teeter swing; Adam Smithee was tossing fistfuls of pebbles onto the slide and watching them rattle to the ground.


He was trying to touch the ceiling with it, and with each successive throw he drew a bit closer, until, at the height of its climb, the ball jarred to one side before it dropped.

To me, the ceiling represents the suffocation, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness that we occasionally feel in our lives.

He leaned back into the sunlight, and her calf muscles tautened. When nothing happened, I squeezed it again. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Melissa added an ice cube to her glass, shaking it against the others until it whistled and cracked.

Mitch Nauman let his foot fall to the carpet.

Melissa and Joshua were already waiting on the front lawn when I got there. On his bedroom wall were posters of fighter planes and wild birds. I felt a kick of pain in my chest and called to Joshua from across the street.

Above the keening of the wind there was a tiny edge of sound—the hum of the sidewalk lights, steady, electric, and warm. Dogwood trees were planted in hollows along the perimeter, and benches of distressed metal stood here and there on concrete pads. A nightjar gave one long trill after another from somewhere above us.