We are reading two Pulitzer Prize winners in a row. For our July selection, I have chosen All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book, which is centered around the chance meeting of a blind French girl and a young German soldier in France during World War II, has an intricate plot and a handful of the most well-drawn characters I have read in years.
The New York Times named All The Light We Cannot See as one of its Top Ten Books of 2014. In its review, The Times said, "Marie-Laure is an exquisitely realized creation. Her blindness is convincingly represented, and the steady love of her locksmith father (who builds scale models of the neighborhoods she must learn to negotiate with her cane) makes her story both more beautiful and more believable. Although they are eventually separated, we remember Daniel LeBlanc, for he has saved his daughter from helpless self-pity; and once he is gone, her self-reliant intelligence, nurtured by him, allows her to carry on most bravely and eventually to inspire others."
It is true. Throughout the book, you will find yourself cheering for Marie and hoping it all comes out right. This is a book that may cause you to lose an entire day reading, but you will realize after, that the day wasn't lost at all.
Please join our favorite guest moderator Jenny O'Mara for our face to face discussion on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m.
And remember, Vive La France!