Just Desserts Discussion Group talks about
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
This month’s fiction book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. What a book! What a story! It took the author ten years to research and finish this novel.
Our novel tells the story of Marie-Laure of France and Werner of Germany. Both young people are coming of age during World War II.
The chapters of the book alternate between Marie-Laure’s and Werner’s stories.
The author explores their childhoods before the war. Next, he follows them to new homes at the onset of war. We get to witness how each young person joins the war effort in their own way. The two teens meet during the bombing of Saint-Malo. I don’t want to give away too much of the story except to say that it is riveting. The reader really grows to care about the characters and is really invested in their outcomes.
We get to learn about radios and the big part that they played in communication before, during and after the war.
The novel’s heart is all about doing the right thing. Not necessarily the easy thing, but the right thing! We all can do this! We can treat other people well and with respect. The novel is filled with heroes trying to do good while surrounded with so much evil.
Anthony Doerr won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel. Many book club members thought that this was the best book that we read this year.