by Kevin Brockmeier, 272 pages.
The end of the month really snuck up on me, so I'm going to write really brief reviews.
When people die, their souls go to a place called the City -- a world between life and death, and a world very similar to the land of the living. Your non-living self exists in the City only as long as someone carries the memory of you back on Earth. Once your memory is erased from the world of the living, that person disappears from the City, and goes into the unknown.
A mysterious plague covers the Earth, and as more and more of the living are killed, the City begins to expand and overflow with new inhabitants. Despite being 'on the other side', the inhabitants of the City still yearn to know what is going on in the world of the living, and maintain strong connections with their lost loved ones on Earth.