By Lynsey Eaton | Image via Jennifer Lyn King
When I sit down to read, there are two kinds of novels I gravitate toward – easy to digest beach books and novels of the award-winning variety. Finding contenders in the first category is pretty easy. Barnes and Noble is filled to the brim with romance novels, cult youth fiction adopted by adults and feel good stories that are enjoyable less for their eloquent prose and more for the way they make your heart feel. But finding a book worth reading because the author effortlessly laid out a story in text so beautiful and descriptive that you have to read it over and over again, now that’s a discovery.
A few months ago, Audible recommended that the next book on my list be Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Even though summer was approaching and I still hadn’t read Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (seemingly the perfect summer read, if for no other reason than I was sick of being the only one who hadn’t read it), I uncharacteristically took Audible’s recommendation.
Set amidst the devastation of World War II, All the Light We Cannot See follows the lives of two children on opposite ends of the battlefield – a blind French girl and an orphaned German Boy. As the plot unfolds, their stories are interwoven in a way that sheds new light, both seen and unseen, on humanity amidst one of the world’s most catastrophic of historic events.
The Pullitzer Prize winning novel is one of the best books I have read in a long time and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. In fact, I can’t wait until I have the time to go back and read it again (a habit with all of my favorite novels). I don’t want to give too much away, but if my gushing about the book isn’t enough and you’re open to a few spoilers, here’s a more in depth review of the novel.
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