Exceptional Storyteller

All The Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr


Launching in 1934, the intertwining stories of a blind girl, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, living with her father in Paris, and a technically-savvy boy, Werner Pfennig, living in an orphanage with his sister Jutta, broke my heart. As the narrative moves into the Second World War, Werner becomes a key student at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth while Marie-Laure and her lockmaster father are forced by the Nazi invasion to hide in Saint-Malo. Author Anthony Doerr takes us along as their lives dip into horror, desperation and hope, crafting beautiful sentences that made me wish the book would never end. I loved this magnificent story of two teenagers struggling against the brutality of war. It was no surprise that it won a Pulitzer Prize.

Who Should Read It: True book lovers who appreciate the craft of writing.

Lisa’s Take: A+ one of my all-time favourites