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Anthony Doerr is an American author of novels and short stories.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr attended a local University School before majoring in history at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he graduated in 1995. He also earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.

Doerr rose to popularity in 2014 after his novel All the Light We Cannot See, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

He currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and their twin sons.

More about Anthony Doerr

Born: 1973

United States

Website: http://anthonydoerr.com

Non Series
  • About Grace (2004)
  • All the Light We Cannot See (2010)
Non-fiction
  1. Four Seasons in Rome (2007)
Short Stories
  1. The Shell Collector (2002)
  2. Memory Wall (2010)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

About Grace

About Grace is the story of David Winkler, a hydrologist who periodically had dreams of events that would later come to pass.

Set in Alaska, the Caribbean, Ohio, and several other places in between, this intriguing book asks vital questions about snowflakes, predetermination, the nature of family, and the intersections of the human and natural worlds.

About Grace was a Book Sense76 selection, a Washington Post Bookworld Book of the Year, and a finalist for the PEN USA Fiction Award.

Author: Anthony Doerr
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1476789019
Publisher: Scribner
All the Light We Cannot See

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris—a stone's throw away from the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks.

When she goes blind at the age of six, her father builds her a model of their entire neighborhood; inclusive of every house and every manhole as his way of helping her to memorize it with her fingers so that she can walk the real streets with her feet and cane.

When the Germans invade Paris in June of 1940, the two flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast.

Somewhere in Germany, Werner, an orphan boy, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta. Both delighted by an old radio that he finds, Werner goes on to become a master at building and fixing radios—a gift that sees him eventually earn a place at an elite and cruel military academy.

As Werner traverses through the heart of Hitler Youth, he will arrive at Saint-Malo, where his destiny will meet with that of Marie-Laure.

Author: Anthony Doerr
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1501173219
Publisher: Scribner

Non-fiction

Four Seasons in Rome

Coincidentally, Anthony Doerr’s wife gave birth to newborn twins on the same day that Doerr found out that he had won the Rome Prize—arguably one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Four Seasons in Rome is a documentation of Doerr's adventures in one of the most amazing cities in the world.

He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats—the chroniclers of Rome who came before him—and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe.

He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II in what is the biggest funeral in the world, and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December as they wait for snow to fall through the oculus.

Together with his family, they are warmly welcomed by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood; individuals whose love of stories and different child-rearing advice is as interesting as the city itself.

Calling this a travel book would be selling it short!

Author: Anthony Doerr
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1416573166
Publisher: Scribner

Short Stories

The Shell Collector

“If you have stopped reading short stories because they have turned pretentious, silly or meaningless, then this book is good reason to come back.”

In this collection of eight stories, Doerr takes readers from Kenya to Montana, from to Liberia to Maine.

In these stories, nature is mysterious and deadly; a magnificent wonder of design and of nearly overwhelming power.

Author: Anthony Doerr
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-1439190050
Publisher: Scribner
Memory Wall

This second collection of short stories by Anthony Doerr, which takes place on four continents, addresses several issues from Alzheimer’s in South Africa to infertility in Wyoming, to fishing for extinction-threatened sturgeon in Lithuania.

The title novella won the National Magazine Award for Fiction, whereas the second story has been termed as “a masterpiece of observed detail and intuitive poetic sense, like DeLillo at his best”.

The book won the 2010 The Story Prize, and was also a Notable Book of 2010 in the New York Times.

Author: Anthony Doerr
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B00DWYWYVY
Publisher: Scribner