About Grace is about a man, David Winkler, and his ability to see things/situations that haven’t happened yet.
I loved the premise of the book and bought it strictly on the blurb. I realize that this will sound contradictory, but… The book is beautifully written. Doerr’s prose is poetic. I would consider this more of a literary read than most contemporary fiction on the market today. That said, as beautifully written as it is, I can’t see my way to giving it more than 3-stars.
Getting into the book was a bit daunting. There was a lot of the kind of things readers tend to skip. Paragraph upon paragraph of narrative that didn’t do much to aid or further the story. Although his characters were well-developed, I didn’t feel there was enough of ‘them’ in the story. It was more about the landscape of the book.
In my opinion, Doerr has the potential of being named among the literary greats, if there was more substance to his story. He has the writing down, but he did little in the way of story.
If the actual writing, the lyrical prose, is what draws you to a book, you will love About Grace, but if you’re looking for more of a story without concern to the poetic flow, you might want to try something else.