I recently read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014).
AD weaves a fictional story of several German and French citizens whose lives get intertwined during World War II. He did a lovely job
of establishing subplots around several well-developed and interesting characters (ranging
from a blind French teenage girl to a German Army officer battling prostate
cancer). AD then skillfully blended those individual stories into the common
space-time of the bombing of St.-Malo, France, at the end of the war.
Not only was the story compelling (though
quite dark), it was beautifully written.
The word smithing and imagery were simply superb. The "lit geeks" will love this one.
This was my first encounter with AD’s writing, but it won’t be my last