Anthony Doerr has been awarded the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See. This follows the novel’s Pulitzer Prize Award.
Established in 2012, the Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction are an adult accompaniment to the longstanding children's book prizes awarded annually by the American Library Association, with previous winners including Donna Tartt and Richard Ford.
The prize comes as All the Light We Cannot See continues to enjoy huge success abroad. Translation rights deals have now been made in 38 territories, and the book is currently number one on two Danish bestseller lists and has now been on the French bestseller list for seven weeks since Albin Michel published in May.
All the Light We Cannot See is Doerr’s most ambitious and evocative book yet. Set during World War II, Doerr expertly interweaves the lives of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy, Werner, whose paths collide as they try to survive the physical and emotional annihilation of the war.