Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Why I suggest it/ Want the club to read it (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Why I suggest it/ Want the club to read it (open) Why I suggest it/ Want the club to read it (close) Okay, so this book and I have a weird history. I love reading it- but it s never on my top priority list. It's a 531 page book, but from what I have read ( and what I have read from just skim reading chapters that I shouldn't- I'm a naughty reader sometimes). It manages to make a world war 2 story interesting and intriguing and oh my goodness, even from the little I read Marie and Werner are fascinating characters. Add on top of the fact it is a Pultizer Prize winner and a national book award finalist, I can only assume it would be an interesting read. Also, I will admit that my favorite thing is still the lore of a the jewel in the book, it is just so fascinating. (No bar spoilers, but that thing literally plays a giant role). Also despite being a 531 page book, each "chapter" is broke into sub parts so it is one of the easiest books to stop and go with.