More beautiful writing from Doerr, who gave us one of the great books of 2015 with All the Light We Cannot See.
This collection of six stories – which explore the idea of memory, and travel easily across genres, continents and time – has be re-realesed, presumably to bring his back catalogue to readers’ attention.
The title story is set in South Africa, set in a time when people can store memories, accessible to anyone with the appropriate adaptation to their skull. Alma’s mind is failing, but she knows something that could be valuable.
In Village 113, a Chinese seed-keeper prepares for the loss of her garden and her home of many decades to a dam.
And in what was for me the most touching of all, Afterworld, Esther constantly finds herself back in her past – Germany in WWII – whenever seizures take over her body.
Doerr’s collection is often dark and is always moving. The language is simple but evocative, and he takes readers inside deep each story from the opening page.
Also included is the bonus story The Deep, which won a major international short story award in 2011.