The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
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The "perilously beautiful" (Boston Globe) first story collection by the author of the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller All The Light We Cannot See.

The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr’s debut collection take readers from the African Coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties—metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts—conjuring nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of the characters in these stories contend with hardships; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the ravishing universe outside themselves.
 

About Anthony Doerr

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Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell Collector, a collection of stories that won the 2002 Discover Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Book Award, as well as a New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by Scribner. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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People who live close to nature (or attempt to) are the protagonists of “A Tangle by the Rapid River,” an anecdote about an adulterous fisherman who can’t keep either his catch or his secrets, and “July Fourth,” a sly parable of America First optimism wrapped in an amusing tale of a bicontinental...

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The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr 219pp, Flamingo, £14.99 The American guitar player and big-game hunter Ted Nugent notoriously divides his time between cutting albums and culling animals.

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But Doerr can play it funny, too: in "July Fourth," a group of American fishermen endure a hilarious litany of woes in a fishing contest across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

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Just 16 at the time of her meeting with 30-year-old Dumas, Mary discovers her ability to communicate with the dead --- see, experience a dying animal's (or human's) pleasant, anguished or fleeting final thoughts --- a talent she will use after leaving Dumas for wealthy stardom as a "seer."

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