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From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anthony Doerr is dazzling in this book, in the way he celebrates the joys as well as the pain of being a parent and in love, being a writer and being in Rome, reminding us that certain experiences never grow stale when they are expressed through the fresh eyes of a real writer.”

    Azar Nafisi, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Anthony Doerr sounds charming and genuine, and it’s simply a joy to spend a few hours listening to him recount his adventures in Rome and with new fatherhood…This is a beautiful, poetic, and almost musical production both in terms of its language and its narration. Listeners will want to get out maps and travel guides and plan their own adventures. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A well-observed chronicle of his family’s year in Rome…Doerr captures well the color and emotion of the vigil for the dying Pope John Paul II… The memoir is full of other such rewarding passages, and anyone with fond memories of Rome will want to savor it slowly.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For readers who have been to Rome, Doerr’s reflections will leave them longing for a return trip. For those who have not, Doerr’s stories of piazzas and pizzas will have them checking travel arrangements. Either way, this memoir is a wonderful combination of a writer’s two dominant struggles: cultural identity and family.”


  • “To call this a travel book is to sell it short; it is delightful, funny, and full of memorable scenes. Don’t leave for Rome without it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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