Best fiction books of 2010
Ranging from South Korea to South Africa, Anthony Doerr brilliantly conjures the landscape of memory in his second collection of stories. In the devastating title novella "Memory Wall," a woman in Cape Town suffering from Alzheimer's undergoes a risky procedure: Her eroding memories are replaced by replayable cartridges. But when these disks are stolen, so is her past. Floods, seizures, and other acts of natural wonder also steal the past from characters here. Loamy, lyrical, and undercut by a sense of haunting, Doerr's sentences chart a world on the verge of vanishing.