All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This was our book club selection for August. I took this book along on vacation because I knew my husband would be doing quite a bit of fishing and I would be sitting dockside watching. It kept me interested for the entire week.
From Amazon’s website:
Marie-Laure 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 and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. 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. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
The book follows the parallel lives of both Marie-Laure and Werner jumping from one story to the other but because both of their lives are intertwined with the events leading up to and into World War II, it flows nicely.