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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Paperback
by Anthony Doerr. Edition Date:: 06/02/2015
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
The most acclaimed and beloved novel of 2014, over a half year on the New York Times bestseller list—“hauntingly beautiful” (The New York Times), “incandescent, luminous, enthralling” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind. 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. They carry with them perhaps the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a German mining town, an orphan named Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. He becomes expert at fixing these new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the Resistance. Increasingly 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.

Anthony 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 “beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” (The Seattle Times) from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
About the Author

Anthony Doerr's books have been NY Times Notable Books, an American Library Association Book of the Year, a 'Book of the Year' in the Washington Post, and he has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Story Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Ohioana Book Award three times. Doerr's stories have appeared in lots of magazines and anthologies, including The Best

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