From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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).
"Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See is a wonder of language and story, a novel drenched in light set in the dark years of World War II. By August 1944 the war has taken its brutal toll on the citizens of France and the Germans are desperate to hold on to the walled city of Saint-Malo on the coast of Brittany, denying their inevitable crushing defeat. As American bombers fly over Saint-Malo the paths and fate of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, a German orphan cum soldier move inexorably toward each other. This is not a star-crossed love story, but rather a loving treatise to the power of story, whether broadcast in the night over borders and across languages, or a fable told from generation to generation. This is an amazing novel. Luminescent!"
Novelist Anthony Doerr was awarded the 2010 Story Prize for Memory Wall, and his other critically acclaimed books include The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome. Doerr will read from and sign his highly anticipated new novel All The Light We Cannot See , a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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.
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