About Grace (Hardcover)

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I originally picked this book simply because it was the first novel written by Anthony Doerr, wonderful writer of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. And all I can say is WOW!

Ordinary people with intricately woven connections who go through some extremely unordinary situations become vital to your life as you cannot see how this book will turn out! It speaks of science, nature, love, loss, forgiveness, and the ties that bind them all together in such a beautiful way that this book could end up on your all-time favorite top 20!

— Laurie


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780743261821
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: September 21st, 2004
Pages: 416