- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise resident Anthony Doerr’s novel “All the Light We Cannot See” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The prize was announced on Monday for the New York Times best-selling book, which tells the story of a blind French girl and a young German soldier during World War II.

Doerr currently lives in Boise with his wife and his two sons.

Doerr spent a decade weaving together the narratives of the two characters, who meet each other in occupied France while trying to navigate their way through wartime.

“It was the most arduous thing I’ve made,”?Doerr told the Idaho Statesman newspaper last May. “The structure is so complicated. It’s about this boy and this girl, it goes back and forth in time and there are 187 chapters - but they’re short.”

The novel was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Bruce DeLaney, who owns the local Rediscovered Bookshop in downtown Boise, has hosted several events and book signings for Doerr.

“There are very few books I can say I honestly did not want to end - but I did not want it to end,” he said. “If you’re at all interested in literature, beautiful language and just a great story, it really does deserve all of the accolades it’s gotten.”

DeLaney said the book stands out as the best he’s read this year because of its sympathetic characters, its word choice and its back-and-forth converging story line.

Doerr told the Statesman last year that he wanted readers to invest just as much empathy in the young Nazi soldier as the blind French girl, so he highlighted the boy’s complicated moral dilemmas and his difficult childhood.

Other finalists for the award included Richard Ford’s “Let Me Be Frank with You,” Laila Lalami’s “The Moor’s Account” and Joyce Carol Oates’ “Lovely, Dark, Deep.”

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