All the Light We Cannot See (Hardcover)

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Ten years in the writing, Anthony Doerr's new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is at once intimate and generous, historical and magical, thrilling and gorgeous. It is one of those books I savored, the way I do great poetry.

— Michaela Carter

If for some reason you have not yet read Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, you have a magnificent read ahead of you, hours and hours of losing yourself in a world you will not want give up when the pages run out. And even when they do, that world will stay with you for days and weeks, remaining nearly as real as the one you normally live in, the characters still alive inside you but strangely missing from view. Or so it was with me.

— Susan Lang


From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller 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, a National Book Award finalist, 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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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476746586
ISBN-10: 1476746583
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 531
Language: English