Gibson's Book Club reads All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Monday, July 6, at 7 PM
The most acclaimed and beloved novel of the season, the instant national
bestseller--"hauntingly beautiful" ("The New York Times"),
"incandescent, luminous...enthralling" ("O, The Oprah Magazine").
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. 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.
They carry with them what might be the museum's most valuable and
In a German town, an orphan named Werner grows up
with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner's
expertise wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a
special assignment to track the Resistance. Increasingly aware of the
human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the
war and 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 "beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly
joyous novel" ("The Seattle Times").
(Hardcover available at 25% discount until paperback is published)