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About Grace is the brilliant debut audiobook from Anthony Doerr.

Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach.

Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter, Grace, is born. And then the visions of Grace's death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees.

He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades he musters the strength to find out....

©2005 Anthony Doerr (P)2017 Simon and Schuster

Critic reviews

"I loved this wonderful book - its strangeness, its obsessiveness, its beautiful sentences." (Monica Ali)
"Doerr's sublime renditions of Winkler's attonement to the world around him turn his story into a prolonged epiphany, a blissful parable about grace. This is a formidable literary achievement that, link Winkler's snow crystals, integrates facets and dimensions into near-perfect whole." ( Independent)
"Doerr's gifts as a stylist are powerfully in evidence: his writing is crystalline, his attention to detail intense and evocative. That Doerr is a writer of exceptional gifts is not in question, and there is much to admire in this novel." ( Daily Telegraph)

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Beautifully written supported by excellent narrator. Slightly odd and a little heavy on the detail at times but enjoyable none the less.