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Anthony Doerr

Author of All the Light We Cannot See

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About the Author

Anthony Doerr was born on October 27, 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, Memory Wall, and All the Light We Cannot See. His fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in several anthologies. He has won the Barnes show more and Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story. His novel, All the Light We Cannot See, won the Adult Fiction Award for the Indies Choice Book Awards in 2015, the International Book of the Year at the ABIA Awards and the Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction in 2015. Anthony Doerr also won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for this same title. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 627 copies
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contributor — 517 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 468 copies
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004) — Contributor — 262 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 237 copies
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Contributor — 196 copies
McSweeney's Issue 32: 2024 AD (2009) — Contributor — 147 copies
McSweeney's Issue 34 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2010) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners (2021) — Contributor — 63 copies
Granta 143: After the Fact (2018) — Contributor — 43 copies
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House (2012) — Contributor — 38 copies
Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio (2006) — Contributor — 22 copies
Tin House 28 (Summer 2006): Summer Reading (2006) — Contributor — 20 copies


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Canonical name
Doerr, Anthony
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Places of residence
Boise, Idaho, USA
Novelty, Ohio, USA
New Zealand
Rome, Italy
Bowdoin College
Bowling Green State University
University School
short-story writer
Awards and honors
Rome Prize
Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)
Short biography
Anthony Doerr has won numerous prizes for his fiction, including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel, All the Light We Cannot See, was named a best book of 2014 by a number of publications, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Visit him at www.anthonydoerr.com.



Generally wonderful; stayed up late every night reading it, finished it the last night at 2 am. Definitely a page-turner. Having just finished (and love) Piranesi, I think I was still a little hungry for fantasy, and that tinged my opinion a little. But still: generally wonderful.
RaynaPolsky | 881 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
Wonderful. I could go on reading this forever.
RaynaPolsky | 170 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
This is a wonderful book. Its main characters are a blind girl, Marie-Laure, the daughter of the keeper of locks at Paris' Natural History Museum, and Werner, a German orphan who with his sister lives in an impoverished but loving orphanage. The narrative switches between them, and slides backwards and forwards through the years surrounding the Second World War.

Limited by the circumstances of their young lives, both travel away from their birth places. Marie-Laure's father is charged with a secret responsibility and flees from Paris to Saint-Malo where he has relatives, and Werner is picked out because his extraordinary skill in tinkering with radios brings him to the attention of the Hitler Youth.

These individuals are sensitively drawn. But so are the supporting characters: Marie-Laure's father and uncle, the housekeeper: Werner's sister, his house mother in the orphanage, and most devastatingly of all, his delicate and unworldly friend Frederick.

The towns and countryside which form the backdrop to the story, and the passages which allude to the natural world convince as well. Language is graphic and poetic, and the story itself is a strong one.

My only minor criticism is that I would have left the narrative, with its unanswered questions, at the end of the war. Fast forwarding to the post-war years and the very recent past served no purpose for me. Despite the fact that, after 530 pages, I had no desire for the book to end.
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Margaret09 | 881 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
An entrancing tale from two sides of the same war. I couldn’t wait for each to meet the other; a shame their togetherness was fleeting. Short chapters kept the pace easy, and the writing was beautifully descriptive. I can’t imagine the movie could possibly top the book.
pancak | 881 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |


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