'Far more than a conventional war story, It's a tightly focused epic revolving around two unusual main characters Doerr paints with a rich palette, using prose that resonates deeply and conveys the ephemera of daily existence along with high drama, sadness and hope A bittersweet and moving novel that lingers in the mind' Clifford Beal, Daily Mail TIt is easy to understand why Doerrs book is regarded by many as an epic and a masterpiece Justin Cartwright, Observer This novel will be a piece of luck for anyone with a long plane journey or beach holiday ahead. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing [Doerrs] attention to detail is magnificent Carmen Callil, Guardian Doerrs novel seems poised somewhere between the sublime and the twee. It very much lands on the right side of things, thanks to the authors eye for detail and the suspenseful rhythm of his chapters often only a page or two which expertly cut back and forth in time. He can bring a scene to life in a single paragraph Delicate and moving the novel takes hold and will not easily let go Lidija Haas, The Times Boy meets girl in Anthony Doerrs hauntingly beautiful new book, but the circumstances are as elegantly circuitous as they can be Janet Maslin, The New York Times Im not sure I will read a better novel this year Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears Amanda Vaill, Washington Post This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece Doerrs writing and imagery are stunning. Its been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion Abraham Verghese
Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome and Memory Wall. Doerr's short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Rome Prize, and shared the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award with Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2007 Granta placed Doerr on its list of the "21 Best Young American novelists." Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.