Currently the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Boise State University, Anthony Doerr has developed a reputation for writing short fiction -- like his critically acclaimed debut collection, The Shell Collector -- utilizing a deft economy of phrase that reminds readers that, sometimes, less is truly more.
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Date of Birth:
October 27, 1973
Place of Birth:
B.A., Bowdoin College, 1995; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 1999
O. Henry Prize for the short stories The Hunter's Wife, 2002 and The Shell Collector, 2003
|Doerr's Debut Novel|
Doerr's latest novel tells the story of David Winkler -- a man who he sees things before they happen. When he experiences a horrifying premonition about the life and safety of his own child, he flees to a remote Caribbean island, unable to bear it. It is only after befriending a young couple with a child of their own that David begins to find his way back home....
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|The Best Book to Read First||Favorites Writers & Reads|
|The Shell Collector: Stories|
Of this Winter 2002 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, Jill Lamar of the Discover program observes, "Doerr brings his characters gracefully to life in richly evocative settings; here, each in their own way seeks the rapture of renewal and gains the ability to see the world clearly for the very first time."
|An Obsession with Butterflies|
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We asked Doerr to talk to us about some of his favorite books. Of An Obsession with Butterflies, Doerr advises, "you'll find yourself looking with new eyes at the insects flapping across your lawn." Read on to learn more about Doerr's favorite writers and reads, including: