The Best Anthony Doerr Books

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List includes both novels and short story collections. No works published under a pseudonym.

All Anthony Doerr books, ranked from best to worst by avid readers and devoted Doerr fans. The American author has been publishing for over a decade, but truly became a literary force with his 2014 book, All the Light We Cannot See. Already considered one of the best WWII novels, it won the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 2015 and maybe made you cry on an airplane while you read it. Doerr has also received multiple O. Henry Prizes for his short stories.

Many of Anthony Doerr's works focus on themes like grief, the human condition, and relationships. Cherry! But through his eloquent and vivid prose, Doerr takes these potentially downer topics and weaves beautiful characters, stories, and scenes. He even spent 10 years perfecting All the Light We Cannot See. That is longer than you were in high school and college combined, all to write one sensational novel!

Though Doerr also writes children's books under the pen name Ed Boxall, those delights are not included here. How would you rank Francis the Scaredey Cat against the best Anthony Doerr literary fiction? This list is devoted to best Anthony Doerr short story collections and novels, so vote up Doerr's best books and let other readers know where to start.

  • All the Light We Cannot See
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    2015 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

    • First Published: 2014
    • Subjects: World War II, Friendship, History
  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
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    Doerr's memoir on his family's year in Rome, made possible by his receiving the 2004-05 Rome Prize.

    • First Published: 2007
    • Subjects: Rome, Parenting, Travel, History, Writing
  • The Shell Collector
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    This collection of stories was Doerr's debut work and has a very nice cover.

    • First Published: 2002
    • Subjects: Nature, Relationships, Grief, ~The Human Condition~
  • Memory Wall
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    1 votes

    Doerr's second collection of stories, Memory Wall features "Village 113," winner of an O. Henry Prize.

    • First Published: 2010
    • Subjects: Memory, Meaning, Humanity
  • About Grace
    Photo: Simon & Schuster Audio
    2 votes

    Doerr's first novel, About Grace received mixed reviews (New York Times, Publisher's Weekly).

    • First Published: 2004
    • Subjects: Alaska, Fathers and Daughters, Dreams, Courage