Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: All the Light We Cannot See

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!

All The Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
Expected Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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 within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr 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 his most ambitious and dazzling work.

Why I am waiting....
I have to admit; it is the cover that drew me to this one! But I also like a good WWII story and this sounds like it is. Can’t wait to see if I’m right!


  1. Great pick, this one is totally new to me! I agree, that cover is beautiful, and it sounds like good historical fiction too. Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

  2. This one is new to me but sounds really interesting. I find books set during WWII quite fascinating whatever the genre. Might have to put this on the TBR. Great pick.
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  3. I've got a review copy of this from Netgalley, I'll have to get round to reading it soon.

  4. This sounds interesting! BTW you have a new follower :)

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  5. This one doesn't seem like something I'd pick up, but I'll admit that the synopsis is quite intriguing. Interesting pick!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  6. i love the cover of this one too! just WOW!! adding it to my wish list and will keep an eye out for it. awesome pick :)

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    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  7. Great pick :) All the Light We Cannot See is new to me too. Thanks for sharing and stopping by.

  8. I think this sounds great as well -- great pick

  9. OOOHHHH I got a copy of this at ALA and haven't thought about it since. BUT you're reminding me that I need to read it. The arc has a really pretty sheen to it, I can't imagine how gorgeous the hardback will be. GREAT PICK.

  10. I'm not really into books about World War II but I hope you like it!
    Thanks for sharing.