Last year the goose with the genuinely golden egg was “The Goldfinch”; just today the American prize has gone to Anthony Doerr for the greatly acclaimed “All The Light We Cannot See”, set in World War II and moving from Paris to Saint-Malo – undoubtedly, latest preferred pick for book groups around the globe. Now it’s definitely moved to the top of my pile. UPDATE : FINISHED 10/05/15 – rating, 10/10.
The other finalists nominated but only revealed tonight are :
Richard Ford for “Let Me Be Frank with You”, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Laila Lalami for “The Moor’s Account”, stepping into 16th Century conquistador territory, and a series of short stories from Joyce Carol Oates, called “Lovely, Dark, Deep”.
If you have a moment, have a listen to a very interesting 3-minute interview with the author on his blog, where Anthony Doerr explains that he wanted to “capture the magic of (radio and) hearing the voice of a stranger in a little device in your home”, which we all take so much for granted in this day and age.
Plenty to keep us going on the fictional front then. The author of the brilliant “Cutting for Stone”, Abraham Verghese, calls this book “a jewel of a story” that is put together “like a vintage timepiece”.
Sounds like a case of ‘what’s not to love’?