The story of Anthony Doerr’s year in Rome. An adventure in the ever-bewitching Eternal City and the foreign country of fatherhood: wandering the streets and trying to write, attending the vigil of a dying pope and raising two growing baby boys.
One of my favourite authors tells the story of his year living in one of my favourite cities.
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World is full of charming stories of parenthood and expat living. As well as a glorious description of Rome across the seasons. If you don’t already love Rome, you will want to go there after reading this. However you also don’t have to be on a flight to Italy to enjoy this book.
Doerr describes the intimate and everyday aspects of living in a foreign city. I also enjoyed how he parallels parenthood as a foreign land. The struggles and the brighter moments. Like when one of his babies says “ciao” to a man passing in the street.
“Leave home, leave the country, leave the familiar. Only then can routine experience – buying bread, eating vegetables, saying hello – become new all over again.”
GENRE: Autobiography, Travel
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Doerr’s writing is spectacular. If you haven’t already read his Pulitzer prize winner All the Light We Cannot See – you must.