“A very moving and perfectly convincing evocation of the inner life of an unusual boy. . . . Brinkman's portrait of Sebby and his family is humane and uncompromising, never maudlin, and, in the end, we root for Sebby as if he were our own.” Dave Eggers, author of What is the What
Up High in the Trees
978-0-8021-4370-9 • $14.00 • Paperback • June 2008
“The treasures here are exquisite. . . . This is a heartbreaking novel, which should be read in a single, reverent hush. . . . Sebby’s innocent voice speaks for anyone bravely grasping for order and solace amid unspeakable loss.” Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Published to stellar critical acclaim in hardcover, Kiara Brinkman’s exquisite debut novel about a family in turmoil, as told in the deeply affecting voice of one extraordinary eight-year-old boy, is now in paperback.
All who know young Sebby Lane understand that he is an unusual child in many respectsthat he experiences the world around him more vividly than most, a condition that only intensifies after the death of his best friend: his mother. Sebby misses her so acutely that he begins to dream and even relive moments of her life. When Sebby’s father decides to take Sebby to live in the family’s summerhouse, he hopes it will give them both the time and space they need to recover. But Sebby’s father deteriorates in this new isolation, leaving Sebby to come to terms with his mother’s death alone as he wonders if he, too, is meant to share her fate.
In spare and fierce prose buoyed by the life force of its small, fearless narrator, Up High in the Trees introduces an astonishingly fresh and powerful literary voice.