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Publisher Description

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

*Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things*

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Fiction & Literature
May 6

Customer Reviews

Therealmemory ,

Magnificent and Moving

I believe this is one of the best books I have ever read...and I've been an avid reader for well over 60 years! The tapestry that Tony Doerr has woven shimmers with humanity and compassion even as it evokes a most inhuman time during WWII. Every character is drawn with a subtle but exacting touch, so that the reader is drawn into the story with a feeling of intimacy. This is true of even the most minor characters;with Doerr no person or element is minor. His injection into the story of a mythical jewel and the search for it by a maniacal Nazi serves as a counterpoint to the delicacy of the lead characters, who remain totally unaware of its value. The story concludes but never ends because we are left with the haunting memories of this magnificent book. Absolutely a stunner of extraordinary power.

ShirlyS07 ,


I have fallen in love with this book. It's so detailed is beautiful. Every time I finish reading a book I always end up feeling so empty, like there is always something missing :( , but this one, it's the first that left me whole.

I recommend this to everyone, they will love it.

Cokie L ,

Painful read

Sometimes you just don't connect with a book and that was the case with this one. I struggled all the way through this novel. There were passages that kept me hoping it would smooth out, so I stuck with it. Bottom line for me? Very depressing novel not worth the read.

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