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About Grace: A Novel

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George Newbern

12 Hours 55 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

July 2015

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The first novel by Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, one of the most beautiful, wise, and compelling debuts of recent times.

David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happen—a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in a supermarket. When David dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood as he tries to save her, he comes undone. He travels thousands of miles, fleeing family, home, and the future itself, to deny the dream.

On a Caribbean island, destitute, alone, and unsure if his child has survived or his wife can forgive him, David is sheltered by a couple with a daughter of their own. Ultimately it is she who will pull him back into the world, to search for the people he left behind.

Doerr's characters are full of grief and longing, but also replete with grace. His compassion for human frailty is extraordinarily moving. In luminous prose, he writes about the power and beauty of nature and about the tiny miracles that transform our lives. About Grace is heartbreaking, radiant, and astonishingly accomplished.

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  • carol rauen

    I have never written a review before. But I disliked this book so much I wanted to tell others not to listen to it. I got this book because I really liked his second book "All the light I could not see." The main character and actually the entire story was so utterly unbelievable and unrelateable it was painful to drag myself to the end, which was just as disappointing as the beginning and middle. Doerr does write very well. I enjoy his descriptions, transitions and details. But this tale was just too long, too many twists and too unbelievable. A scientist with a PhD would never be so stupid. It was an insult to my intelligence.

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