“Ranging ​from South Korea to South Africa, Anthony Doerr brilliantly conjures the landscape of memory” (The Boston Globe) in Memory Wall.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, winner of a 2010 National Magazine Award, a young boy from South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “River Nemunas”, a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to love 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 ministration of her grandson.
Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life – Doerr “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” (San Fransisco Chronicle).

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