WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
A NYTs bestseller about a blind French woman and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as each attempt to survive the devastation of World War II, written by the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious and instant hit.
Marie-Laure lives along with her father in Paris close to the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is 6, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so that she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, the place Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the ocean. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they discover. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these essential new devices, a talent that wins him a spot at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people attempt to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is an impressive, deeply moving novel from an author “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
Written by: Anthony Doerr
Narrated by: Zach Appelman
Length: 16 hours
Release: May 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio