Village 113

In the tradition of summer reading, we present a series of short stories (and one essay) in which place is central to mood, meaning, and narrative.

[Photo by Terry Feuerborn]

From August 15 to November 15, 2011, we were pleased to present Anthony Doerr’s story “Village 113,” originally published in Tin House and collected in Memory Wall, released in paperback by Scribner in July. Our agreement with the publisher covered only this limited period, and so the text is no longer available on Places.

Fans of Anthony Doerr are encouraged to visit his website, and to check out the other stories in our special feature on place in fiction, including an essay by novelist Richard Powers, “What Does Fiction Know?”, and stories by Urban Waite, Emily Mitchell, Ashleigh Pedersen, Barry Lopez, Ryan Harty and Danielle Dutton.


About the Series: Fiction and Place

In a departure from our usual focus on in-depth analysis and critique, we present a series on Fiction and Place. Contributors include some of the very best contemporary writers of fiction; the settings range from the farm fields of California to a small town in the Deep South to the streets of Berlin.

Anthony Doerr, “Village 113,” Places Journal, August 2011. Accessed 03 Dec 2022. <>

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  • Matt

    08.15.2011 at 19:21

    Amazing story. One of my all-time favorites.

  • Georgia

    08.16.2011 at 20:23

    This is the longest blog post I have ever read -- thank you for this beautiful story!

  • Jessica Helfand

    08.17.2011 at 15:26

    I have been an Anthony Doerr fan since I read Four Seasons in Rome (made all the more resonant because I read it while living in Rome!) He's exceptionally gifted and I'm so glad this has been republished here.