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Anthony Doerr is the author of five books, The Shell Collector , About Grace , Memory Wall , Four Seasons in Rome and All the Light We Cannot See . Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Story Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award, and the Ohioana Book Award three times. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho. Become a fan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on his latest publications.


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Average rating: 3.95 · 6,077 ratings · 1,144 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
The Shell Collector: Stories
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,304 ratings — published 2001 — 17 editions
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Memory Wall
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,150 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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About Grace
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All the Light We Cannot See
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The Snake Handler
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“Here's what I mean by the miracle of language. When you're falling into a good book, exactly as you might fall into a dream, a little conduit opens, a passageway between a reader's heart and a writer's, a connection that transcends the barriers of continents and generations and even death ... And here's the magic. You're different. You can never go back to being exactly the same person you were before you disappeared into that book."

[Why Reading is Dangerous, Spirit Magazine (Southwest Airlines), February 2008]”
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“To say a person is a happy person or an unhappy person is ridiculous. We are a thousand different kinds of people every hour.”
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“Just when we think we have a system, ...the system collapses. Just when we know our way around, we get lost. Just when we think we know what's coming next, everything changes.”
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Anthony Thanks for the kind words, Anne.
And thanks for the friendship here, David. I've only published one novel--About Grace, so if you want long-form narrative, that's your best bet. Both The Shell Collector and Memory Wall are collections of short stories. And Four Seasons in Rome is a memoir about living in Rome for a year with newborn twins. More about info about each book is here: http://www.anthonydoerr.com/books/
Thanks much for being a reader!
Yours, Anthony


message 6: by Anne

Anne Sumner In regard to David's post: My two favorite books of Anthony's are: The Shell Collectors, and The Memory Wall.
These are two of the best books that I have EVER had the privilege to read.
I highly recommend both!
Anne


message 5: by Anne

Anne Sumner David wrote: "Dear Anthony,
Thanks for the add.
For starters I'd like to add your best novel to my reading list: which one is it?
Where is the best place to start reading your work?
Please advise.
Cordially,
David"


David wrote: "Dear Anthony,
Thanks for the add.
For starters I'd like to add your best novel to my reading list: which one is it?
Where is the best place to start reading your work?
Please advise.
Cordially,
David"



message 4: by David

David Lentz Dear Anthony,
Thanks for the add.
For starters I'd like to add your best novel to my reading list: which one is it?
Where is the best place to start reading your work?
Please advise.
Cordially,
David


message 3: by Jacob (last edited Oct 24, 2011 07:00AM)

Jacob Congrats on making the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011!


Anthony Thanks for the nice note, Tara! And for the nice review on Goodreads. Hope your work is going swell. And happy new year. -Tony


message 1: by Tara

Tara Congrats on being finalist in the Story Prize! Fingers crossed for you. Told you it would win some prizes :-).


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