Tue., July 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
Tue., July 26, 2016 at 8:00pm
Salem Public Library
821 E. State St.
Return in time to the years of WWII when war and devastation challenged the courage and moral fabric of each individual as the book ”All the Light We Cannot See” is discussed at the Book Discussion Group for Adults on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 7-8 p.m. in the library’s Quaker Room located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH.
“All the Light We Cannot See”, by award-winning author Anthony Doerr, is the story of a blind French girl and a German boy trying to survive during the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Natural History Museum where he is the master locksmith. At the age of six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father meticulously builds her a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch. When she is twelve, the Nazi’s occupy Paris and she and her father flee to the city of Saint-Malo. With them, they carry a valuable and mysterious jewel from the Paris museum.
In a mining town in Germany, orphaned Werner grows up with his younger sister and they become fascinated with an old radio they find. Werner becomes so talented at building and repairing radios that he becomes a student at an academy for Hitler Youth where he is assigned to track the resistance. Becoming more and more aware of the human sacrifice as a result of his intelligence, Werner leaves the academy and goes to Saint-Malo where his story and Marie-Laure’s join. The author weaves the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner and tells the story how, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Copies of the book are available for borrowing in the library’s Adult Services Department. Registration is not required and the discussion is open to the public. For more information please call the library at 330-332-0042.
The book discussion group for adults meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month and features specially selected titles.