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Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr’s new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “The River Nemunas,” a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. “Village 113,” winner of an O’Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in “Afterworld,” the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life—of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr’s language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doerr has set a new standard for what a story can do.” Dave Eggers
  • “Rhythm is everything in the six stories Anthony Doerr has to tell in his strange and beautiful new collection, Memory Wall. His tales, long or short, all seem somehow to undulate, to surge and recede like the tides. They move gracefully back and forth between different places and different—often impossibly distant—times. If their tempo were any less sure, they might feel tricky, overdetermined, forcibly literary. But Doerr maintains a steady pulse that feels oddly familiar: whether from bedtime stories or something yet older is hard to tell.”

    New York Times

  • “Doerr has an incredible sense of language and a skill for crafting beautiful phrases and apt metaphors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Doerr moves the reader gracefully from place to place (the stories span four continents), from incident to incident, and from memorable character to memorable character by focusing on small acts that have larger resonances.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
  • Winner of the 2010 Story Prize for Short Fiction
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, August 2010
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
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