All the Light We Cannot See

allthelight“A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned.” — Booklist

“Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine’s locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling.” –New York Times Book Review

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

A finalist for the 2014 National Book Award; a #1 New York Times bestseller; the 2014 Book of the Year at Hudson Booksellersthe #2 book of 2014 at; a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites; named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review; winner of a 2015 Alex award; a best book of 2014 at Powell’s BooksBarnes & Noble, NPR’s Fresh Air, San Francisco Chronicle, The WeekEntertainment Weeklythe Daily BeastSlate.comChristian Science Monitorthe Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Oregonianthe Guardian, and Kirkus; and a #1 Indie Next pickAll the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

Anthony Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything—radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns—but he also writes a line so beautiful, creates an image or scene so haunting, it makes you think forever differently about the big things—love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart. Wildly suspenseful, structurally daring, rich in detail and soul, Doerr’s new novel is that novel, the one you savor, and ponder, and happily lose sleep over, then go around urging all your friends to read—now. –JR Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar
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The unabridged audiobook is available at Amazon, Simon & Schuster, B&N, Audible, and iTunes.

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  39. I am two thirds through your book and it’s hard to put down. I hope this becomes a movie.

    I love all the characters and looking forward to Werner and Marie-Laure connecting.

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  55. Great writing…one of the best books I have ever read. Your character development, descriptive prose and the way you bring all of the characters together is outstanding!

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