Join us at the Kenworthy Theatre for this special evening with award-winning author Anthony Doerr, who will read from his New York Times bestseller, All the Light We Cannot See.
This wonderful novel tells the story of a blind French Girl and a German boy whose lives intersect in occupied France of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master 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 to find her way around. Six years later, 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 new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, and 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.
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 magnificent, deeply moving novel.
This will be a ticketed event at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. Details to come!