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The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr's acclaimed debut collection take readers from the African coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties-metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts-and conjures nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of his characters contend with tremendous hardship; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the mysteries of the universe outside themselves.

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"A show-stopping debut." Los Angeles Times

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"The natural world exerts a powerful, brooding presence in this first collection; it's almost as much a main character as any of the individuals the 26-year-old Doerr records....The title story could well appear in the next Best American or O. Henry anthologies, and the others make a fine supporting cast." Publishers Weekly

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"This striking debut collection of eight stories offers several boldly imagined and scrupulously detailed explorations of the mysteries inherent in both the natural world and human interconnection." Kirkus Reviews

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"[Doerr] shapes intricate worlds with syllables, rhythms, and carefully chosen words; these stories are a tour de force of letters....The characters' exertions, internal and external, mesmerize despite the occasional stilted Hemingwayesque hiccup. A fascinating collection..." Library Journal

About the Author

Anthony Doerr has lived in Africa and New Zealand. His stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and Zoetrope: All Story. He is twenty-nine years old and is currently at work on a novel.

Table of Contents

The shell collector — The hunter's wife — So many chances — For a long time : this was Griselda's story — July fourth — The caretaker — A tangle by the rapid river — Mkondo.

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itpdx, July 28, 2009 (view all comments by itpdx)
This is an amazing collection of short stories. Anthony Doerr can set a scene that is vivid with great economy--"A cloud stretched across the moon." The book cover says the stories are "steeped in the mysterious connection between human and nature". But these stories are also about staying in place or leaving and returning. There are several stories about maturing love--understanding and accepting the other person.

My favorite is "Mkondo". But I was laughing aloud reading "July Fourth." These are stories to return to.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002964
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Doerr, Anthony
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Shell
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reissue ed.
Series Volume:
10.
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.07x5.03x.62 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Classic Penguin - English 9780142002964 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A show-stopping debut."
"Review" by , "The natural world exerts a powerful, brooding presence in this first collection; it's almost as much a main character as any of the individuals the 26-year-old Doerr records....The title story could well appear in the next Best American or O. Henry anthologies, and the others make a fine supporting cast."
"Review" by , "This striking debut collection of eight stories offers several boldly imagined and scrupulously detailed explorations of the mysteries inherent in both the natural world and human interconnection."
"Review" by , "[Doerr] shapes intricate worlds with syllables, rhythms, and carefully chosen words; these stories are a tour de force of letters....The characters' exertions, internal and external, mesmerize despite the occasional stilted Hemingwayesque hiccup. A fascinating collection..."
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