About Grace

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Alaska - 402 pages
Beautifully written and compelling, About Grace is the brilliant debut novel from Anthony Doerr. Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach. Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace's death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees. He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out!

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

I really liked this novel. It kept me enthralled until the end. it is so beautifully descriptive. Doerr has such a talent for natural detail. Someone wrote' Equal parts science and magic." The main ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eoin - LibraryThing

Wrenching and exquisite, Doerr manages to make tremendously varried plot, setting, and characters seem inevitable yet unpredictable. Sentence to sentence the prose shines. An overpowering, understated book. Worth it for the water. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Anthony Doerr's published his first book, 'The Shell Collector', a collection of short stories in 2002. He is 32 and lives in Idaho, where he is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Boise State University.

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