“We rise again in the grass. In flowers. In songs.”

Doerr croppedAnthony Doerr believes that literary writers should “strive toward complexity, toward questions, and away from certainty, away from stereotype.” This novel, which is a page-turner, one worth getting up early to read, demonstrates that he follows his own advice. Set in France and Germany during 1934-2014, focusing mostly on WWII, it does not unfold chronologically. Its complex structure adds suspense and engagement. As the title All the Light We Cannot See indicates, things that are invisible — such as memories, spirits, loyalties, smells, radio waves, and fear — are woven into the narrative, adding depth and texture. It’s a haunting book.

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (New York: Scribner, 2014), p. 529.

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