Dimensions: 544 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.67 in
Published: May 6, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476746583
ISBN - 13: 9781476746586
Read from the Book
All the Light We Cannot See Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a tall and freckled six-year-old in Paris with rapidly deteriorating eyesight when her father sends her on a children’s tour of the museum where he works. The guide is a hunchbacked old warder hardly taller than a child himself. He raps the tip of his cane against the floor for attention, then leads his dozen charges across the gardens to the galleries. The children watch engineers use pulleys to lift a fossilized dinosaur femur. They see a stuffed giraffe in a closet, patches of hide wearing off its back. They peer into taxidermists’ drawers full of feathers and talons and glass eyeballs; they flip through two-hundred-year-old herbarium sheets bedecked with orchids and daisies and herbs. Eventually they climb sixteen steps into the Gallery of Mineralogy. The guide shows them agate from Brazil and violet amethysts and a meteorite on a pedestal that he claims is as ancient as the solar system itself. Then he leads them single file down two twisting staircases and along several corridors and stops outside an iron door with a single keyhole. “End of tour,” he says. A girl says, “But what’s through there?” “Behind this door is another locked door, slightly smaller.” “And what’s behind that?” “A third locked door, smaller yet.” “What’s behind that?” “A fourth door, and a fifth,
From the Publisher
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr,
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.
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 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, 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.
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 try to be good to one another.
Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a
magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer "whose sentences
never fail to thrill" (Los Angeles Times).
About the Author
Anthony Doerr is the award winning author of The Shell Collector,
About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, Memory Wall, and the new novel
All the Light We Cannot See. Doerr's fiction has won four O. Henry
Prizes and has been anthologized in several prestigious
anthologies. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the
Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, a
Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine
Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest
Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which
is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a
collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story
Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short
story. His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an
American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of
other year end "Best Of" lists. In 2007, the British literary
magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American
"Sometimes a novel doesn't merely transport. It immerses, engulfs,
keeps you caught within its words until the very end, when you
blink and remember there's a world beyond the pages. All the
Light We Cannot See is such a book… Vibrant, poignant,
delicately exquisite. Despite the careful building of time and
place (so vivid you fall between the pages), it's not a story of
history; it's a story of people living history."