Soaring Overhead

Fighting for her share of tonight's McSweeney's crowd is local author Kiara Brinkman, whose debut novel, Up High in the Trees, takes on the same subject that she wrote about for issue 15 of the journal. Revealed in poetic vignettes, with Brinkman as narrator, an autistic 8-year-old boy (though his condition is never named) sorts through the aftermath of his mother's death in an emotionally haunting, affecting voice, which is currently devastating reviewers.

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