July 11, 2014

Author Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr

Looking for some fascinating summer reading? Look no further than Idaho author Anthony Doerr, whose latest book, All the Light We Cannot See, debuted at #10 on the New York Times' Best Sellers list in May and has received glowing reviews around the country.

Marcia Franklin talks with Doerr, who lives in Boise, about his novel, which took ten years to research and write. The story depicts the lives of two European children in World War II, children whose lives ultimately intersect in war-torn Saint Malo, France. The town was nearly destroyed by Allied forces at the end of the war.

Doerr discusses the book's themes, which include the power of radio during that time period, and the moral choices faced by civilians during wartime. Doerr also talks about what kept him motivated during the decade-long writing process.

Doerr has appeared on Dialogue three times over the years to discuss his other works: The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and Memory Wall.