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Brewery Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • Fat Hill Brewing 17 North Federal Avenue Mason City, IA, 50401 United States (map)

Join us for the 2nd meeting of the FHB book club! We meet once a month starting in January at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly. The full-year book list will be out soon! Until then, here's in the info for February.

In January we had a light travel read, so for variety February's pick is something a little more serious: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The book won tons of prizes and spent a crazy 118 weeks on the NYT bestseller list. Let's read it before comeone makes a movie out of it and they ruin it!

The book is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audio versions.

About the Book

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times)

Earlier Event: February 1
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Later Event: February 16
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