While in Italy, I overheard a number of friends with great taste in fiction raving about this beautifully crafted story. It’s about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II.
The narrative with interwoven lives intrigued me; and Doerr’s gorgeous metaphors and descriptions captivated me. At times I said “wow” out loud.
The book took Doerr ten years to write, and it bears the marks of careful craft in contrast with the hurried prose of authors cranking out their next crowd-pleasers. This one landed on the list of National Book Award finalists for good reason.
The LA Times described Doerr as a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill.” I completely agree.