41 thoughts on “Contact

  1. I am still enjoying “All The Light We Cannot See.” I felt compelled to write to Mr. Doerr as I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a book as I have this one. The reason why I enjoyed it sets this book apart from others I would rate highly as well.

    The story is wonderful, creative and informative. But it is the writing that is stunningly beautiful and what captured my heart. I read through half the book,and then went back to page one so that I could savor it very slowly. The writing is so exquisite, that I stopped to highlight many passages. Many sentences I chose to re-read over and over at their unique and gorgeous structure. I loved every minute of this book, as it is an absolute treasure.

  2. My name is brianna and i am 12 years old. I review books on good reads and facebook. Can i get a copy of one of your books?

  3. I’m 64 years old, have been a lover of books and words as long as I can remember and have never been moved to write to an author. But All the Light We Cannot See was such a beautiful creation I wanted to say thank you. You touched me deeply and I will always treasure the real, live people I met in your book.

  4. Wow! I have just finished All The Light We Cannot See and felt compelled to write Mr. Doerr a thank you for the finely crafted novel. I loved reading it and am slightly sad now only because I’ve reached it’s end. Thank you for the wondrous story.

  5. Thank you, Mr. Doerr! My husband and I have had such a great time reading All The Light We Cannot See aloud over the last week. Couldn’t wait to sit down with it each evening, we were captivated right through to the end, and, often, deeply moved. Grateful to have found you!

    • Last night, after finishing “All the Light We Cannot See,” I spent several minutes sitting on the couch wondering what to do with myself. I had stayed up too late, unable to put down the book until morning. I had work the next day. I needed to get up, go brush my teeth, put myself to bed, but such things seemed an incongruously mundane follow-up to the sublime experience I had just had. Climbing into bed at last, I thought “I have to get in touch with the author.”
      When I got up this morning, I was less sure. What have I to say that hasn’t already been said a hundred times? When I began digging for contact information and could only find this page, I was even more hesitant–perhaps you don’t even read these comments. There are many of them, I couldn’t blame you. But then again, perhaps you do read them. And even if I have nothing original to say, the praise already given by others bears repeating. Reading your book was an incredible, huge heartbreak that I know in the future I will find myself wanting to have again and again. It was devastating in the loveliest way, and I cannot thank you enough.

  6. I read “All The Light We Cannot See” – your characters came to life for me. I was there with them – feeling their emotions. Quite compelling. This then led me to “Four Seasons in Rome.” A beautiful evocation of Italy and its people. I enjoyed your perceptions. Molto grazie.

  7. I am a 17 years old algerian writer, I heard about Anthony Doerr for the first time in “La Grand Librairie”, from that moment I felt in love with this book, I would love to read only that it’s not availble in Algeria, I would love to have a copy some day.

  8. I was raised in Cleveland, like you. As a child I knew a boy named Michael Doerr, who I am guessing would have been born around 1950. We were both members of a German youth choir. I am so curious whether this might be your father or uncle. I remember him as a rather quiet boy, so did not know him well. My name at that time was Waltraud Schmidt, since then anglicized my first name, and later married, hence different name now. I treasure good literature, and it would be a thrill to learn that as a child I had met the father or uncle of a great writer.

    I am reading “All the Light …” And am enthralled, and can’t wait to read more of your work

    • I am wondering if the book you told us you were writing and was supposed to be published last October was actually published? I cannot find it listed on your website.

  9. I’ve been compelled to reach out to writers before but have never actually done so… “All the Light We Cannot See” was simply wonderful. I feel so blessed to have come across this book as it has impacted my perspective on life tremendously. Thank you so much for this story! At the end all I could think was “wow” – this story will stay with me for a long time!

  10. Dear Mr Doerr,
    I have just finished reading All The Light Cannot See and would like to thank you for sharing this story. I’ve read many novels set in WWII, but never have I been so moved – most definitely not enough to write to an author! The book was beautifully written, and so subtle in conveying the atrocities of war. Your creativity and insight has truly been appreciated and I cannot wait to share it with all my family and friends. Thank you again.

  11. Thank you, thank you for such a masterpiece of a book. I, too, reread and blissed-out on your word structures! I live in Rome, so naturally ai was curious to read FOUR SEASONS IN ROME and it is basically as brilliant as I expected. The way you verbalized such small unnoticeable details about Rome was awesome for me, and you are dead on! I had the same joyful feeling when I first saw the Fontanone on the GIANICOLO. My daughter is one of the chefs at the Academy since early 2014 so I have been often to lunch and dinner there. Congratulations and all the best!

  12. Thank you for your novel “All the light we cannot see”. I am so grateful. I will always remember this story and each wonderful character. I have never finished a book and sat with tears of sadness and joy like this wondering how such a treasure could be conceived. Keep writing.

  13. I’ve just finished devouring “All the light we can not see” and wanted to thank you for creating such a beautiful, heart wrenching, terrifying, compelling truly amazing book. I loved it.

  14. All the light we cannot see, is a perfect book with a glorious story that enjoy reading, I just wanna know why you kill Werner I don’t understand that.

  15. I am writing from Germany. At the moment you are for me one of the best novelist of the worlds, I am continiously reading fiction since nearly 40 years and I want to thank you Mr. Doerr for your wonderful books.
    And please keep on writing….

  16. Dear Anthony
    I have never written to an author before..but couldn’t help myself. I read because it takes me to another place, to another people…All the Light We Cannot See brought me there in a way no other novel ever has. It was simply beautiful, stunning and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I’m going to read it again in a little while and savor it all the same…thank you for the time you put into crafting such beauty and for sharing it with all of us.

    • Hi Anthony,

      I’m a writer/editor in NYC. All the Light is hands down, felt in my soul, without a doubt my favorite novel of all time. I recently got into Columbia writing an essay about it. I would love to share it with you, just to show you how much it means to me on the craft level. I learn from it every time I open it up.

  17. All The Light We Cannot See is beyond the best book I have ever had the privilege to read. I cannot find the words to explain how much I truly love this book. Right down to my very core, this book moved me. The writing. Oh, the writing. It is exquisite. Many times I had to put the book down and just let the beautiful words tumble around in my head. It has ruined every other book for me, my mother and one of my co-workers. It took me much more time to read this book than normal because I simply did not want it to end. This book. It is everything. Mr. Doerr, thank you.

  18. Mr. Doerr; your mother was a wonderful science teacher my two sons had at University School in Shaker Hts OH. It is no surprise she raised a talented, feeling and thoughtful son whose writing is beyond top notch. It is a treat that you share your creativity and fine writing with the world. My son grew up loving the quote something like ‘Richer than I you will never be, for I had a mother who read to me’ See how that paid off for you, reading C.S. Lewis with mom?
    Will you have a new offering for a fall 2017 release? I certainly hope so. I look forward to reading anything you put your pen to. Keep at it.

  19. I am hoping “All the Light We Cannot See” will be made into a movie. Definitely the best book I have read in a long time. The Audible version is also a pleasure to listen to. The language and dialogue are exquisitely crafted. The right movie maker could produce a compelling film.

  20. Dear Anthony,
    My name is Tyler and I recently listened to your lecture at the John Adams Institute and I was in Awe. I am seventeen years old and currently on my fourth semester of college, and I could not help but relate to your speech. I find myself searching the school’s catalog for anything that strikes my attention, which has recently become easier with every coming day. I find your process incredible and I too find the world around me fascinating, always wanting to uncover the impossible. You may not read this, but if you do, please know that you have helped me in more ways then one. I thank you for your mind, and for sharing it with the rest of us.

  21. I’m so thrilled that I’ve cajoled our school to read All the Light for our first all school and community read this summer! Such beauty in written expression is seldom seen. Looking forward to sharing with my friends at The Webb School!

  22. Many times I have thought about contacting an author but i have never done so until now. The book is truly amazing. I am someone who after a while reading can start to rush through a book when I want to find out what happens and at that point i will read the end and then go back to where I was and read more slowly again. However the beauty of this book is that even when you know that the girl survives this does not detract from the story . It is a powerful tale of children / teenagers caught up in war. I will think about this for a long time.

  23. I just finished Two Nights after I stumbled across it in the 2013 Pushcart collection and am ecstatic. The Lemhi and Lost River ranges are my two most favorite places to explore and hike. I’ve often wondered about the Native American people that once lived there and saw those views first so many years before. Is there a handy list of references available for that story? I’ve wanted to read more about the Sheep eater Indians but have found only parts of a few books in my public library that did the job well.

  24. I just finished reading your book All the Light We Cannot See, and it is definitely the greatest piece of literature I’ve ever read. Thank you for this wonderful book. I wish it never ended. Marie-laure, Uncle Etienne and Werner will stay with me for life. I feel like I’ve known them all my life. I cried a lot when Werner died, he didn’t deserve to die. But neither did many others who died during war. This book made me realise what a cruel period of history the war was. Even history errs sometimes…. it breaks my heart to part with marie-laure and everybody, why did the book have to end ? </3

  25. I have been a voracious reader my entire life, but finding your books has been a true blessing. It is a rare and precious gift, the ability to write prose as beautiful as poetry. Rarer still the ability to write about everything, everywhere, and everyone as though the writer is intimately familiar with the entirety of the universe at both the atomic and gestalt levels. And you write not merely with knowledge, but with LOVE of all of your subjects.

    Beautiful, exquisitely beautiful. I would like to thank you, but somehow that feels pathetically inadequate. The light of your writing is both blessing and grace.

    I have been so very ill in both body and spirit for a long time. Most nights I close my eyes hoping that somehow I will cease to exist sometime in the night. Of late, however, I have been reading Memory Wall and for the first time in a very long time I find myself looking forward to awakening. Each story reminds me of love and of life – and recalls for me a time when both things were dear and precious. And perhaps – although dare I hope for such? – they might be so again.

  26. Mr.Doerr,
    I am currently a high school student and I have read your book, All The Light We Cannot See. I read it for a group project and we are fascinated by the various perspectives and details that built up to the conclusion of the book. However, we are left unsatisfied with the ending and have a few questions:
    1. What was the purpose of Werner’s death? Why did it have to end in that insignificant way?
    2. What happened to the Sea of Flames after it was thrown into the sea? What was its connection to the war and the characters?
    3. Why did Werner walk away from Marie? Why was their time together so limited?

    If you could email me back, my group and I would appreciate it. Thank you.

  27. Recently I finished reading “About Grace”. The imagery was captivating and for me a theme that resounded with me was about how even though he solves the mystery about his daughter, that he was still able to find family along his journey. It captured the very magic of life, and also the most mundane in ways that were captivating. I wanted to thank Anthony for the clarifying and beautiful journey that it led me through.

  28. Dear Mr. Doerr,

    I just finished “All the light we cannot see” and would like to give you compliments for writing such a moving and brilliant novel.
    I am a 38 year old dutch woman so the history of WOII is well known to me, it is embroidered in the story of my own country and the countries surrounding.
    Thank you for spending ten years on writing such an important story. Both Marie Laure and Werner show how war, regardless on wich side you are, can be devastating to peoples lives. Beautifully written.

  29. Exquisite – in all ways: form, substance, depth, humanity…timeless.

    I just finished listening to All the Light We Cannot See, and this is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write the author of a book I’ve just read and to purchase a hard copy to read again – to (like Barbara above), savor the re-reading and marvel at certain passages (the beauty of few in particular simply brought me to tears for their beauty). What a gift you have, utterly (literally) divine.

    Thank you!

  30. I’m sitting in an airport about to head “elsewhere”. I have read “all the light” but started, “grace”. I don’t know what to say but feel I have to say something. The bartender pours the gin and I sit weeping, neither of us knowing why. What a geniuine gift. Thank you so much. I feel I’m trying to convey a meaning from one language to another and there is no direct parallel. You have become my favorite writer. “Grace” is likewise my favorite novel.

  31. My dear neighbor Linda dropped off “Light” in plastic protector and I have read your credits but not yet the book. I live in the Midwest but wonder about a most beautiful place that is Boise
    and its influence on your writing.

    As I enjoy wondering but please don’t feel required to respond. Good health to all of you especially at this time. Jane

  32. Dear Mr.Doerr,

    Sir, even though I don’t know if you are ever going to read my comment or not, I’m writing to you cause it’s very important for me to tell you how your book #All_the_Light_We_Cannot_See felt so incredible, shook every corner of my heart that I couldn’t sleep last night after finishing this off thinking why Werner Pfennig died,why Marie-Laure’s father didn’t came back thus a lot of why’s.
    It’s heart wrenching. The way you described every situation, showed us the written picture of WWII needs no telling that you are the best writer someone can ever come across.

    Take my love Sir.
    Thank you for creating such a wonderful #Masterpiece.
    May God bless you 🙂
    Take care.

  33. I really just wanted to say thank you, Mr. Doerr. I cannot remember the last time a story moved me so. All The Light We Cannot See will stay with me, and inspire me for the rest of my years. Thank you.

  34. It’s been so long since I touched something well crafted. Though it’s been 5 months since I put the book back in my shelf, I couldn’t help but go back there and touch or read some part of it – every day. It still has the same effect on me, even after months for reading and plethora of books occupying my mind space. I so want to thank Mr.Doerr for bringing such a lovely book into my life. Thank you so much.

  35. I love a good read and this is one of them!
    I was also pleasantly surprised to find that one of the characters shares the same surname as my mother as her lineage is from that part of France. First time that I’ve ever read that name in a work of fiction.

  36. I just wanted to let you know that I am a big fan of your short stories.

    After Amanda Gorman read “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration, I read some of her advice to young writers. One thing she said was:

    “Read everything three times:
    1. For pleasure.
    2. To learn from the writer’s style.
    3. To think how you could write it better.”

    I immediately thought of your story “The Master’s Castle” as one that I wanted to read three times. I don’t know that I would ever be able to write it better, but I figure if I could learn from your style, that would be enough. 🙂

    I would be curious, of course, should you like to respond: What short stories would you recommend as “Read three timers”?

    Thank you for your time.

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