Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction book
Fiction
US & Canada Scribner (Ed. Nan Graham)
UK & Comm Fourth Estate Limited (Ed. Clare Reihill )
2014
All the Light We Cannot See is Anthony Doerr's most ambitious and evocative book yet.

Set during World War II, Doerr expertly interweaves the lives of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy, Werner, whose paths collide as they try to survive the physical and emotional annihilation of the war. Built on an intricate, labyrinthine structure, the novel presents the gradually intersecting stories of all those within it, the relationships which hold them together and the journeys they undertake. From a flat in Paris to the confines of a house in Northern France, Marie-Laure finds solace in her agoraphobic uncle’s attic, an old shortwave radio and her father’s handcrafted scale model villages. Werner, meanwhile, travels through the radioactive heart of the Hitler Youth to the far flung outskirts of Russia, and finally onto France, comforted by recollections from his childhood and letters to his younger sister, Jutta.

This stunning novel is about radio, puzzles, seashells, the Breton city of Saint-Malo, a fabled diamond, and the ways, against all odds, we try to be good to one another.

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Reviews

<p>Light Found in Darkness of Wartime</p>

Hauntingly beautiful

Janet Maslin
The New York Time Book Review
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...at once a war story, a heist tale, and a love letter to the physical world. Martha Schulman
Publishers Weekly Author Profile
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Doerr looms myriad strands into a luminous work of strife and transcendence. Hamilton Cain
O Magazine
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I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental. Amanda Vaill
Washington Post
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Does the world need yet another novel about WWII? It does when the novel is as inventive and beautiful as this one. Sara Nelson
Amazon Best Book of the Month May 2014
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Doerr has set a new standard for what a story can do. Dave Eggers


If a book’s success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Story Prize–winner Doerr’s novel triumphs on both counts.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters.
Kirkus Starred Review
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A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned. brad Hooper
Booklist Starred Review
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This novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC
Library Journal Reviews
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Literary Jackpot, Against the Odds

Looks to be essentially The Goldfinch of this year

Alexandra Alter
The New York Times
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