by Anthony Doerr
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Beautifully written and convincing, About Grace is Anthony Doerr’s brilliant first novelGrowing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is paralyzed by his dreamsAt nine, he dreams of a man is beheaded by a truck that passes on the way outside his family homeThe next day, impossible to avoid, he witnesses an exact rereading of his dream in real lifeThe premonitions of keeping coming, stopIt sleepwalks course, bringing disaster into its reachThen, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with a beach in SableThey flee south on landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace was born.And then the visions of Grace of Death begin for Winkler, as their waterfront at home is floodedTormented by the same horrific images of the Grace of drowning, in case of floods, he cannot face his fate and fleesHe has beaches, on an island in the Caribbean, where he works as a handyman, using his doubts and hopes, never to know if Grace survived the flood or met the misfortune, he had predictedAfter two decades, he finds the strength to discover it.
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