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Anthony Doerr

USA flag (b.1973)

Anthony Doerr is the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novels All the Light We Cannot See and About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Librarys Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2014) : All the Light We Cannot See
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2015) : All the Light We Cannot See

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