Books, Fiction

About Grace by Anthony Doerr Book Review

You ever hope for something so much? So much you can’t sleep, so much your skull hurts? But the thing is, you don’t even know if the thing you’re wishing for is possible? You don’t even know if it could happen? And it’s all out of your control?”

Excerpt from:
About Grace
by Anthony Doerr
Synopsis From Goodreads

David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happen—a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in a supermarket. When David dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood as he tries to save her, he comes undone. He travels thousands of miles, fleeing family, home, and the future itself, to deny the dream.


On a Caribbean island, destitute, alone, and unsure if his child has survived or his wife can forgive him, David is sheltered by a couple with a daughter of their own. Ultimately it is she who will pull him back into the world, to search for the people he left behind.

Alas! After several failed tries, I finally finished this book. I’ve made three attempts to read this book, but each time I gave up and picked up another. Just two weeks ago, I made the decision to finish this book regardless of the circumstances. It took me two weeks, and I’m now very inclined to start my next book.

The first half of the book was excellent. It was thrilling when he began to reflect on what had transpired in his youth. It was terrifying for me to have awful nightmares, especially when they came true. Especially when it comes to accidents and, more importantly, fatalities. I became more intrigued when he met his wife, but after learning about his wife’s circumstances, I dropped out. Sandy clearly did not love him, and it is natural to be terrified if you witness someone sleepwalking and speaking things about death because he dreamed of it.

This novel has several low points. I became extremely bored. I really wanted to skip several pages, but I also wanted to understand him, which proved tough because the tale grew tedious. It seemed as though the author left out the fascinating bits while becoming bored. I’m not sure, but normally I can complete a book in less than a week, but this one took me about three weeks. I felt like I was wasting my time since I could have read more intriguing and mind-blowing novels in those three weeks.

I really just don’t like the flow of the story.. I can’t recommend it fully..

My Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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