All the Light We Cannot See


Anthony Doerr is getting a lot of press lately: a Pulitzer Prize will do that. All the Light We Cannot See is worth the hype. It's one of those books you can't put down, and then, when you're nearing the end, you dread to finish. You get attached to the characters: you think about them throughout your day. All of the sudden, the things you learned about in history class, are entirely imaginable. This is a story about human beings. Marie Laure and her father (Papa) live in Paris. Marie goes blind, and Papa creates intricate models so that she can learn and master where she is. Her story converges with that of a German boy, Werner, who loves radios, and anything that he can take apart, and fix. Doerr is poetic in his ability to weave snails and keys and music into these dark scenes. Read this, but take your time.