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Book review: 100 stories of life after death explored in brief chapters

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“The Ghost Variations” by Kevin Brockmeier, Pantheon, 2021, 267 pages, $27


What “The Ghost Variations,” the quirky new book from Kevin Brockmeier, is not is what turns out to be one of the primary reasons for its success.

It is not a novel, yet it’s composed of 100 “chapters,” all less than a couple of pages each. There’s not just one protagonist; there are 100.