One Book, One Saint Mary's
The Saint Mary's College Alumnae Association is proud to announce
The 2016-2017 One Book One Saint Mary's selection is
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation 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 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 members of the One Book task force have set up a book share for members of the community to share copies of All the Light We Cannot See. Please send your used copy to the Office of Alumnae Relations and it will be shared in the community. Be sure to write your name and graduation year on the inside cover and include any notes you'd like to share with the next reader. Alumnae Clubs...after your discussion of the book, gather copies and send to the Office of Alumnae Relations in one shipment.
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