About Grace Meteorologist David Winkler has the blessing/curse of seeing his most vivid dreams come true, and when slumber reveals that he'll lose his 5-month-old daughter to… About Grace Meteorologist David Winkler has the blessing/curse of seeing his most vivid dreams come true, and when slumber reveals that he'll lose his 5-month-old daughter to… 2004-09-21 Fiction Scribner
Book Review

About Grace (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 21, 2004; Writer: Anthony Doerr; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Scribner

Meteorologist David Winkler has the blessing/curse of seeing his most vivid dreams come true, and when slumber reveals that he'll lose his 5-month-old daughter to a flood, every passing minute feels like a cold frisson of terror. To avert tragedy, David abandons his bewildered wife and trots off on a decades-long, worldwide odyssey in search of answers. Adrift in the Caribbean, he befriends Naaliyah, a budding young scientist who soon leads him to the Yukon Territory for a silent, soul-searching winter sojourn that evokes the best of Jean M. Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series. Accomplished short-story writer Anthony Doerr nearly drowns beneath an annoying surfeit of drippy water metaphors, but About Grace remains grounded because he keeps a steady grasp on Winkler's roiling emotions, never allowing the reluctant antihero to become a simpering, aimless fool.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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