April 23, 2021

Book Beat: All the Light We Cannot See

World War II continues to fascinate writers and readers alike. Anthony Doerr has written an imaginative novel that features a blind girl in France and a radio-obsessed Hitler youth in Germany. We follow Marie Laure as she leaves occupied Paris with her father to find refuge with an uncle in Saint-Malo on the west coast of France. Werner, an orphan and electronic wunderkind is enlisted into a branch of Hitler Youth that squelches any radio dissension in German-occupied territory. Marie-Laure and Werner’s paths cross just as the war is in its final brutal chapter.
Despite the serious subject matter, the endearing characters and luminous writing make this a highly recommended selection. A near miss for the National Book Award, “All the Light We Cannot See” has spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and has garnered critical acclaim.

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