Second Tuesday Book Club on October 13: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ and Voting for Our 2016 Reading List

Join Second Tuesday Book Club members at 7:15 p. m. on Tuesday, October 13, at Schimelpfenig Library for our discussion of


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

and the

2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

In a corner of the city, inside a tall, narrow house at Number 4 rue de Vauborel, on the sixth and highest floor, a sightless sixteen-year-old named Marie-Laure LeBlanc kneels over a low table covered entirely with a model, a miniature of the city she kneels within.

Five streets to the north, a white-haired eighteen-year-old German private named Werner Pfennig wakes to a faint staccato hum. Little more than a purr. Flies tapping at a windowpane. Where is he? … he’s in the hotel, of course. L’hotel des Abeilles, the Hotel of Bees.

A complex and powerful epic work of fiction, this acclaimed novel shows us how two teenagers will cross paths in the dreadful chaos of war in coastal Brittany in spring 1944. It has been praised for its intricate plot, its richness of detail, and the beauty of its images and language.

Anthony Doerr’s website is at this link,, with a section for this book, here. He is on Facebook at this link.

His Pulitzer Prize citation is at this link.

Information on the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction is on the website of the American Library Association.


Janet Maslin reviewed the novel in the New York Times in April 2014, calling it “haunting and elegant.”

Steph Cha’s comments were published in the Los Angeles Times in June 2014; she praised Doerr’s “wondrous and lovely prose.”

The Washington Post review, by Amanda Vaill, in May 2014, called the book “enthrallingly told, beautiful, and completely unsentimental.”

Our Plano Reads review of All the Light We Cannot See appeared on June 11, 2014.

Interviews with Anthony Doerr

After winning the Pulitzer Prize, Doerr was interviewed by Michelle Dean in The Guardian on April 22, 2015. The article is here.

Scribner Magazine’s interview, with a short video, was published in October 2014, and is at this link.

Doerr discusses his work in a video on YouTube, here.

Questions for Discussion

Publisher Simon and Schuster provides this list of discussion questions for the novel.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Post Author: Lee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *