It feels good to have the craziness of October behind me. I talked about all of the birthdays and other events we had last month in a post earlier this week. One of those birthdays was mine and the other was L’s. She turned three on Halloween!
I also mentioned in my post that a few girlfriends and I started a book club and we had our first meeting the Thursday before Halloween. (Ya know, because I didn’t have enough going on that week. Hehe!)
While it was my idea to start the book club, I didn’t finish it in time for our meeting. Ugh! Total embarrassment. To my defense, our library had a crazy long waiting list for the book. The very first book we read was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Set during WWII, the book follows a French girl, Marie-Laure, and a German boy, Werner, and slowly we see that their fates are intertwined. Marie-Laure is blind and escapes Paris with her father to go to stay with her eccentric uncle in Saint Malo during the war. Werner is an orphaned boy that is looking for a way out of the mines, where his father was killed, when he is recommended to attend a Nazi school for boys because of his knowledge of radios. Along with their two stories, there’s a mystery about a diamond and a curse and a Nazi Sergeant Major looking for a cure. It’s definitely a page turner!
At first the book was hard to read because you jump from the past to the present and from one character to another, but once I got into the it, I loved it. I am sad to say, however, that I remember so little from World History in school. I had to use Google a few times, but this book had me so interested that I’ve added a few WWII documentaries to my Netflix queue.
I think that you will thoroughly enjoy it, and since it is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize it is absolutely a book people are talking about.
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