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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See


Book Overview: All the Light We Cannot See

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, the beloved instant New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the Resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.

Doerr's "stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" ( San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer "whose sentences never fail to thrill" ( Los Angeles Times).

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Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr is an award-winning American author best known for his novel "All the Light We Cannot See," which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. Born and raised in Ohio, Doerr's love for literature led him to earn a BA in History from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. His other works include "The Shell Collector," "About Grace," and "Four Seasons in Rome." Also proficient in short stories, Doerr's stories have been anthologized and published in several magazines. Beyond his writing, Doerr is a dedicated teacher, having taught in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College and Idaho's Boise State University. Known for his incredibly descriptive imagery and introspective characters, Doerr has established himself as a significant voice in contemporary literature.


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