Since his first collection of stories — The Shell Collector — was released in 2002, Anthony Doerr has become known for lyricism and gift for powerful metaphors. The New York Times best-seller of All The Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. All The Light We Cannot See spent more than three and a half years on The New York Times' best-seller list. In September 2021, Doerr will release a new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land. This historical fiction novel is about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world.