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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

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Anthony Doerr

6 Hours 18 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

September 2015

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From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See and Cloud Cuckoo Land, a 'dazzling' (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) memoir about art and adventures in Rome.

Anthony Doerr has received many awards—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.

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 him—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.

This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft—the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.

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  • Selene R.

    Enjoyed this book immensely, the writing was wonderful and the interweaving stories of the a year long fellowship in Rome , with the caring for newborn twins is very done very well and to very good effect. I'm so glad Anthony Doer is writing today, his talent shines.

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  • Amy J.

    Great book during a time when I can’t travel! I loved the details and I loved revisiting Italy!

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  • Theodore E.

    As a person who has spent half his life in Italy, I found Anthony Doerr’s first impressions of his Roman sojourn delightful. In a stream of consciousness style, Doerr takes us on a deep dive of what daily life looks like in a country steeped in millennia of traditions, foibles, idiosyncrasies and customs tandem with one year old twins. I hope Doerr and his family return to Rome one day and offer us another glimpse of life in the Eternal City.

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