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Four Seasons in Rome

Anthony Doerr


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PUBLISHED: 16th June 2008
ISBN: 9780007265299
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On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...
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  • Paperback
    $20.50
PUBLISHED: 16th June 2008
ISBN: 9780007265299
ANNOTATION:
On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...

Annotation

On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...

Publisher Description

On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...

'Four Seasons in Rome' charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.

This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.

Author Biography

Anthony Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and twin sons. He is the author of The Shell Collector' andAbout Grace', and is one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.

Review

'Anthony Doerr is dazzling in this book, in the way he celebrates the joys as well as the pain of being a parent and in love, being a writer and being in Rome, reminding us that certain experiences never grow stale when they are expressed through the fresh eyes of a real writer.' Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran 'Anthony Doerr found himself in the perfect Eternal City with the eternal Paternal Problem: how to care for two beautiful newborn twins while still doing his work as a writer and student and observer. The result is a funny, precise, touching account of cultural barricades crossed and fatherly exhaustions overcome; a story of the universalities of parenting and the specificities of Roman life that will lift the heart of every parent and delight the mind of every lover of Italy.' Adam Gopnik, author of 'Through the Children's Gate and From Paris to the Moon'

Long Description

On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome... 'Four Seasons in Rome' charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.

Review Quote

'Anthony Doerr is dazzling in this book, in the way he celebrates the joys as well as the pain of being a parent and in love, being a writer and being in Rome, reminding us that certain experiences never grow stale when they are expressed through the fresh eyes of a real writer.' Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran 'Anthony Doerr found himself in the perfect Eternal City with the eternal Paternal Problem: how to care for two beautiful newborn twins while still doing his work as a writer and student and observer. The result is a funny, precise, touching account of cultural barricades crossed and fatherly exhaustions overcome; a story of the universalities of parenting and the specificities of Roman life that will lift the heart of every parent and delight the mind of every lover of Italy.' Adam Gopnik, author of 'Through the Children's Gate and From Paris to the Moon'

Feature

  • Prize-winning American fiction writer, Anthony Doerr shares with us the intimate details of new parenthood and the romantic and cultural wonders of the city of Rome in this brilliant, evocative memoir. 'The Shell Collector' won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, two O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize and the Ohioana Book Award. 'About Grace' has sold over 19,000 copies in paperback in the UK alone. Guaranteed review and feature coverage for this talented, compelling writer.

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On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome... 'Four Seasons in Rome' charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers. Prize-winning American fiction writer, Anthony Doerr shares with us the intimate details of new parenthood and the romantic and cultural wonders of the city of Rome in this brilliant, evocative memoir. 'The Shell Collector' won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, two O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize and the Ohioana Book Award. 'About Grace' has sold over 19,000 copies in paperback in the UK alone. * Guaranteed review and feature coverage for this talented, compelling writer.

Product Details

Author
Anthony Doerr
Pages
224
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year
2008
ISBN-10
0007265298
ISBN-13
9780007265299
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2008-06-16
Subtitle
On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Short Title
Four Seasons in Rome
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade