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"Most writers should want to be Anthony Doerr when they grow up — short story alchemist, novelist, travelogueur; anthologized, lionized, winner of literary awards, despite which his writing really is crazy good. Memory Wall is Doerr's latest collection of stories, including "Village 113," which earned his third O. Henry prize.

While Doerr's novel About Grace explored humanity's impotence against fate, Memory Wall investigates, through characters plagued by conflicting emotions, humanity's impermanence — be it our bodies, minds, relationships, hopes, our memories." Kassten Alonso, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

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From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose prose dazzles (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In "The River Nemunas", a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. "Village 113", winner of an O'Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in "Afterworld", the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life — of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr's language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

Review:

"It's fair to say that Anthony Doerr is doing things with the short story that have rarely been attempted and seldom achieved. The stories in Memory Wall have such scope and depth that they hit as hard as novels three times their length. Doerr has set a new standard, I think, for what a story can do." Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and What Is the What

Review:

"Beautiful passages and vivid imagery . . . Readers hungry for unconventional narratives and lovers of fine writing will find much to savor in this impressive collection." Booklist

Synopsis:

From award-winning author Tony Doerr, a new collection of stories that is even more compelling and accomplished.

Synopsis:

From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In "The River Nemunas," a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. "Village 113," winner of an O'Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in "Afterworld," the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life--of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr's language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

About the Author

Anthony Doerr is the author of a collection of short stories, The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and a memoir titled Four Seasons in Rome. His books have been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, a "Book of the Year" in the Washington Post, and he has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and shared the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times and Der Spiegel, and he writes the "On Science" column for the Boston Globe. Doerr is the Writer-in-Residence for the state of Idaho.

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adelitajane, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by adelitajane)
Before reading this stunning collection, I used to think that short stories weren't for me. With Memory Wall, Anthony Doerr changed all of that. Somehow the simplicity in his writing and his perfectly illumined (and carefully selected) details made me fall in love with short stories in general. I'm grateful. I envy any person who has not yet read this book because he or she still has the chance to read these pristine sentences and fall in love with these characters for the first time. Fans of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you'll love the memory theme that weaves its way so gracefully throughout this collection.
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Pat Hazard, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Pat Hazard)
I was tearful when it ended, I wanted it to go on and on...
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damo, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by damo)
Meditative and gorgeous. He is a master of the form.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439182802
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Scribner
Author:
Doerr, Anthony
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Anthony Door; All the Light We Cannot See; The Shell Collector; About Grace; Four Seasons in Rome; Idaho; Boise; award winner; Young Lions Award; science; short stories; Alzheimerand#8217;s; story collection; Procreate, Generate; The Demilitarized Zone; V
Subject:
Anthony Door; All the Light We Cannot See; The Shell Collector; About Grace; Four Seasons in Rome; Idaho; Boise; award winner; Young Lions Award; science; short stories; Alzheimerand#8217;s; story collection; Procreate, Generate; The Demilitarized Zone; V
Subject:
Anthony Door; All the Light We Cannot See; The Shell Collector; About Grace; Four Seasons in Rome; Idaho; Boise; award winner; Young Lions Award; science; short stories; Alzheimer s; story collection; Procreate, Generate; The Demilitarized Zone; Village 1
Subject:
Anthony Door; All the Light We Cannot See; The Shell Collector; About Grace; Four Seasons in Rome; Idaho; Boise; award winner; Young Lions Award; science; short stories; Alzheimer s; story collection; Procreate, Generate; The Demilitarized Zone; Village 1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100713
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
rough front
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.62 in 12.95 oz

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Product details 256 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781439182802 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Most writers should want to be Anthony Doerr when they grow up — short story alchemist, novelist, travelogueur; anthologized, lionized, winner of literary awards, despite which his writing really is crazy good. Memory Wall is Doerr's latest collection of stories, including "Village 113," which earned his third O. Henry prize.

While Doerr's novel About Grace explored humanity's impotence against fate, Memory Wall investigates, through characters plagued by conflicting emotions, humanity's impermanence — be it our bodies, minds, relationships, hopes, our memories." (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Review" by , "It's fair to say that Anthony Doerr is doing things with the short story that have rarely been attempted and seldom achieved. The stories in Memory Wall have such scope and depth that they hit as hard as novels three times their length. Doerr has set a new standard, I think, for what a story can do."
"Review" by , "Beautiful passages and vivid imagery . . . Readers hungry for unconventional narratives and lovers of fine writing will find much to savor in this impressive collection."
"Synopsis" by , From award-winning author Tony Doerr, a new collection of stories that is even more compelling and accomplished.
"Synopsis" by , From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman's secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In "The River Nemunas," a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. "Village 113," winner of an O'Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in "Afterworld," the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life--of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr's language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

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