The novel braids together the stories of Marie, the young blind French girl, and Werner, the young German soldier, whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. There are 187 short chapters that bounce back and forth in time and between the two character's stories.
Doerr lives in the Boise Highlands with his wife, Shauna, and their twin boys, Henry and Owen, who are 10. With five successful books, mostly written in his Downtown Boise office, Doerr has found enormous international literary success — both in awards, such as the 2010 Story Prize, and renowned fellowships, including The Rome Prize. He travels the world on book tours and to explore and write about exotic locations for Conde Nast Traveler.
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