From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.
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.
Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for Memory Wall
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The New York Times
Signals his arrival as an important American voice.Boston Globe
Amazon Best Book of the Month: "brilliantly intricate"Amazon
Doerr is a lusciously good stylist.The Guardian
Doerr has set a new standard, I think, for what a story can do.Dave Eggers
Doerr’s fantastic new stories build on the reputation he established in 2001 with The Shell Collector.Cleveland Plain Dealer
Doerr both lingers wonderfully over the details of individual lives and suggests the enormity of those billion things contained therein – mysterious, mournful and lovely as they are, and as we remember them.San Francisco Chronicle
A small classic of contemporary literature.The National Post