Panther Reads

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr


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Math teacher Julie Spencer sits at her desk reading “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. The book focuses on the life of a young girl during World War II.

Annika Pepper, Editor

Math teacher Julie Spencer recently read “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.  

“It was kind of historical fiction so it made me see things from World War II in a different light,” Spencer said. “[See things] from more of a female’s perspective.”

“All the light we cannot see” follows the lives of two young kids, Marie-Laure and Werner Pfennig. Marie lives in Paris near the museum where her father works. After the Nazis invade, she and her father flee Paris to the walled Citadel of Saint-Malo, where her great uncle lives in a tall tower by the sea. As they are fleeing, they carry with them what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. 

“I chose the book because it was recommended to me,” Spencer said.

 Best known for “All the Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green State University earning a degree in writing. Doerr has won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this book. Some of his other works include “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” “About Grace,” “The Shell Collector.” 

Highlighting the struggles of World War II, “All the light we cannot see” is a novel about adapting to what life throws your way and “makes you think,” according to Spencer.