When Anthony Doerr's The Shell Collector was published in 2002, the Los Angeles Times called his stories "as close to faultless as any writer - young or vastly experienced - could wish for." He won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Discover Prize, Princeton's Hodder Fellowship, and two O. Henrys and shared the Young Lions Award. Now he has written one of the most beautiful, wise, and compelling first novels of recent times.
David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happen - a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in a supermarket. When David dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood as he tries to save her, he comes undone. He travels thousands of miles, fleeing family, home, and the future itself, to deny the dream.
On a Caribbean island, destitute, alone, and unsure if his child has survived or his wife can forgive him, David is sheltered by a couple with a daughter of their own. Ultimately it is she who will pull him back into the world, to search for the people he left behind.
Doerr's characters are full of grief and longing but also replete with grace. His compassion for human frailty is extraordinarily moving. In luminous prose he writes about the power and beauty of nature and about the tiny miracles that transform our lives. About Grace is heartbreaking, radiant, and astonishingly accomplished.
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65 year old serial entrepreneur living in the wilds of NW Vermont on a small holding. Have a horse and 3 dogs, some laying hens too.
I like to listen to audiobooks when I'm taking road trips. Last year I happened upon All The Light We Cannot See, my favorite book of all time. For the trip I just took I chose About Grace.
Mr. Doerr has such a way with words, it's incredible. He also has a talent for weaving together the stories of different people, bringing the, together in a meaningful way.
Listen to About Grace, you won't be disappointed.
A beautifully written book and excellent narration. I enjoyéd the first half immensely, but found the second half drag on too long. You will like this book if you are interested in stories of the heart, and do not mind that there is little action to keep your interest otherwise peaked.
There's no doubt that the story is beautifully written, but the descriptive passages of snowflakes and water droplets, etc., go on way too long. I found myself saying, "Cut to the chase already! "
Having listened to "All The Light We Cannot See" I was really looking forward to this one. While the writing was indeed beautiful I found myself frustrated throughout the book. I could buy into the dreaming of future events but found myself hating the guy who was dreaming these things. He was such a wimp, never willing to just defend his gift and tell people that he cared about why he did the things he did. I was disappointed enough that I may not try another.
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