Just so you never doubt me again, here’s a bit of awesome news: Anthony Doerr has won the 2011 Story Prize for his latest short story collection, Memory Wall. (If you remember, Memory Wall was Number Five on the 2010 Catapult Notable list.) Here’s the rather eloquent statement about Tony’s book from the Prize judges:
“It is the shimmering space between the two planes of reality and memory that Doerr captures with immense sensitivity. He is adept at evoking a variety of places and different times in history, conjuring sharp settings in which the fragility of his characters is played out. The diversity of backgrounds underscores his poetic skill at illustrating his themes of emotional distancing and the resilience of hope. While he displays a rare imagination in the handling of his subjects, he maintains a beautiful and quiet grace in his precise, spare style, providing a harmonious resonance to all of the stories.”
Congratulations Tony – so well deserved!