If you haven’t yet read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, it’s probably on your to-be-read list. And if it’s not, I’m thrilled to be the one to tell you about it.
Set in France during World War II, this novel follows the stories of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, and Werner, an engineering prodigy who has been sucked into the Hitler Youth. This is one of those tales that manages to be beautiful and heart-breaking, redemptive and exciting all at once. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in fiction.
Since it came out last year, it’s also been one of the most talked about books by booksellers, book clubs, and most people I know.
In the clip below, Doerr explains his inspiration and how the disparate pieces fell into place.
All the Light We Cannot See is our Book of the Month and discounted to $14.95 until November 30th