Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller andlt;iandgt;All the Light We Cannot Seeandlt;/iandgt;, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of andlt;iandgt;Reading Lolita in Tehranandlt;/iandgt;) memoir about art and adventures in Rome.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Anthony Doerr has received many awardsand#8212;from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before himand#8212;and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craftand#8212;the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.
About the Author
Anthony Doerr was awarded the 2010 Story Prize for Memory Wall. His other books include The Shell Collector, About Grace, and 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.