I just finished All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and I liked it. There is a diamond, the Sea of Flames which holds the book together, but the story of two young people whose lives will intersect throughout Germany and France is told against the background of the rise and fall of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. The Von Rumpel character is the bad guy who wants to find the diamond, but we aren’t sure why. This is a contract novel, as in a novel in which there is a contract between the reader and the writer that the writer will give you a really good story. That contract with the reader is fulfilled. You want to keep reading, you literally can’t wait to finish the story, and since the book is 500 plus pages, you’ve got a lot of story to come back to. Of the two main characters, the blind girl totally had my heart, I love her and her father and her uncle, the scene where she’s eating the peaches holds my heart. I love her eating the peaches, carrying the bread, listening to music. I love the lilt of her walking the streets with her cane. That’s the sign of a good writer, you know the character as if you have lived with them, as if they have whispered to you in your sleep. Now I am reading Amy Bloom and getting well.