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Now that I’m done with Station Eleven, which was fantastic, I’ve moved on to All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I first saw it on multiple “best of 2014” book lists and I’ve been waiting for what feels like ages to start it!
The synopsis, from Goodreads, is as follows:
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure 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, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place 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.
I haven’t read a historical fiction novel in a while, and I find things related to WWII to be fascinating, so this should be a big win for me! If you want to know more about the book or purchase it, you can find it on Amazon or Powell’s!