All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
So if a book evokes enough emotion that I start feeling anxious about what is happening, what is going to happen, and I want to know and at the same time I don’t want to know what happens next, and as the story unfolds, more than once I find tears streaming down my cheeks, it’s a good book.
Add to that beautiful prose, and haunting characters, throw in a touch of pathos (always earned emotion, no one is telling me what the characters are feeling here) and amazing word choice, and this book earned one of my rare five-star ratings. The only drawback was the chronology – or rather the back and forth with the chronology, that took some getting used to. But in the end, it actually heightened my anticipation for the ending. I wanted a different ending, but I understood, too, why that couldn’t happen. A lovely book, focused on finding humanity in an ugly time and place.
Spoiler! And here’s the Wiki lowdown if you want detailed info about the book.