I recently finished this exquisite library book, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – a Northwest author from Idaho. Published in May, this novel is getting accolades from all around the literary world, and I can certainly see why. First off, I love the setting(s) in France and Germany – and the time period – before and during WWII. “Unique” is a good way to describe the way this book is written. It runs parallel between two main characters, a young blind French girl, and a young underweight but brilliant German boy. This is not, repeat NOT, a romance story in ANY way. One of the unique things about this book is the way it’s written – in short but to the point chapters. This does not mean it was a short book – it’s over 500 pages. Going back and forth between Marie-Laure and Werner, we see how different their lives are, yet how each is affected by the coming of war, and the war itself. I hesitate to write more about the plot, but suffice it to say that this is one heck of a satisfying read. To ANYONE who enjoys WWII history, you will thoroughly enjoy reading this amazing book. For a full synopsis, click here for a great review from the New York Times.