All the Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian

All the Light There Was

All the Light There Was is the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s—a lyrical, finely wrought tale of loyalty, love, and the many faces of resistance.On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland, they have come to Paris to build a new life. T...

Details All the Light There Was

TitleAll the Light There Was
Release DateMar 12th, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Cultural, France, Holocaust

Reviews All the Light There Was

  • Connie
    I started reading this book yesterday on my lunch hour at work and could not go to bed until I had finished it last night.It is the story of an Armenian community in France (mainly Paris) during WW II when the Germans had occupied the country.The novel is "bittersweet" in my opinion and is a mixture of history/romance/suspense.
  • Delilah
    Really good book!! If you've read Sarah's Key then you'll be familiar with the events of this book. This story of the roundup of Jews in Paris during WW2 is told from the perspective of a young Armenian catholic woman who's family has fled to escape the persecution from Turks. She watches her friends be round up and sent to their final destinations of Auschwitz and Buchenwald...she experiences love, loss, but in the end a life that gives readers ...
  • Theresa
    "In writing All the Light There Was, I wasn’t interested in outsized heroism; I was interested in small defiant acts that make dignity and integrity possible in the face of a brutal occupation. It was a time when there was very little light, literally because of blackouts and shortages, and figuratively because of the repression and violence that accompanied collaborationist and Nazi rule." (Nancy Kricorian, author)"All the Light There Was" is...
  • Levon Thomassian
    As an historian of WWII Armenian history, I highly recommend Kricorian's book. She really did her homework on this, and her historical references were dead on. On the surface, All The Light There Was is both an Armenian coming of age and love story taking place in German-occupied France. It's an historical fiction that's hard to put down once you start reading. You don't have to be an Armenian to appreciate this book, though I believe that Armeni...
  • Hannah
    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway!This book was beautiful and complex and I'm still crying. I definitely want to read the other things this author has written. There were lots of details and very realistic characters. It had a very unique perspective. There were some things that I called and others that completely shocked me. This is a book that I'll want to read over and over again.
  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    It seems that the newest trend in Historical Fiction is novels about WWII. There have been a number of books on this subject lately, and a lot of them are very good. Nancy Kricorian's novel All the Light There Was is one of those books. The story is narrated by Maral, and teenage Armenian girl living in Paris at the time that the Nazi's invade France and the Occupation of Paris begins. Through Maral's eyes we see what it is like to have lived in ...
  • Magdelanye
    I think it sucks when you write a review and it doesnt post.will do again,but not now.To flee or to take a stand?That was the ultimate question facing Parisians as the Nazi herde approached. For the pegorian family,refugees of the Armenian holocaust,"remaining where we had a roof over our heads...was better than wandering across the countryside to God knows where." The father decides:We're staying put." p3This book is the account of that time,tol...
  • Naomi Blackburn
    Read my full review: opinion: This book was amazing. So intelligently written, it reminded me of the works of Chris Bohjalian. There was nothing sticky sweet about this book. It was an incredible raw look at life in France and the daily impact of trying to survive a movement that doesn't want you to survive. This book was intense and powerful when one thinks about the reality of Maral's situation.Why the 4 stars instead of...
  • Marika Alexander
    This was a solid 4 star book until the last chapter, when it seemed like the author ran out of time and had to submit the book as is. What I particularly enjoyed was reading about a tight-knit Armenian community living in Paris during the Occupation.
  • Julie Durnell
    A short historical fictional story of Armenian families in wartime Paris, Maral's viewpoint was well written of this heartbreaking time in history. The Armenian culture was depicted well without it being the main focus.
  • Barbara Nutting
    What a beautiful and poignant story set amidst the horror of Hitler’s Paris. It read like a true story and I’m sure it must parallel many events that actually did take place. It brings to mind the tragedy in our own country, families torn apart by our very own “Hitler”. At least now thousands of people are taking to the streets in protest, unlike the Holocaust. How different history might have been if fear hadn’t haunted the people who ...
  • Robbins Library
    Maral and her brother Missak are the children of orphans; their parents' families were killed in the Armenian genocide, and came to Paris to begin a new life together. The family of four lives in a small apartment in Belleville along with the mother's sister - the children's Auntie Shakeh - who also survived the genocide. When the Germans invade Paris, the whole family endures the wartime conditions of hunger and fear, and Missak and his friends ...
  • Alana
    When the Nazis marched on Paris on June 14, 1940, a four-year occupation of the city began, leaving a mark of hunger, despair, and brutality on its citizens. In the midst of it all is the Pegorian family, Armenian refugees who are at the center of All the Light There Was. Maral Pegorian is 14 when the occupation begins and her brother Missak is 16. For them, the real sign that the occupation has begun is not the sound of German boots marching thr...
  • Laurie Larson-Doornbos
    Maral is fifteen, Armenian, and living in Paris at the time of the German occupation. Life is not easy in the cramped apartment she shares with her mother, father, aging aunt, and brother. Food is scarce and rationed, most meals consisting of bulgar and turnips. But her father, a cobbler, maintains a steady flow of customers, her mother is a seamstress and her aunt knits on commission, so at least at the beginning of the war, their lives maintain...
  • Don O'goodreader
    World War II. Paris. All the Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian serves up an fresh and innocent retelling through Maral Pegorian, a girl separated from Anne Frank by three years and 750 kilometers. Both children are keen observers of the people they live with, themselves, and the horror beyond their limited circle.One of the appeals of children's stories about humanity's horrors is the myth/hope that children can pass through these events unscath...
  • Cathy
    Told from the viewpoint of Maral, a teenage girl in Paris during WW II, “All the Light There Was” offers the perspective of the Armenian minority community struggling to survive while war rages around them. Her parents and other adults in their community survived the Armenian genocide find themselves re-traumatize by the war. This impacts their reactions to the effects of war on their daily lives, the death of loved ones and their children’...
  • Marcie
    This book is good, but not fantastic. I've read quite a few historical fiction novels that take place during WWII, and this one is different because it's about an ordinary girl. Maral isn't Jewish, but she has friends and neighbors who are Jewish and are rounded up and deported by the Nazis. She's not active in the Resistance, but she has friends and family members who are. Maral is an ordinary girl, trying to live an ordinary life, and so we get...
  • Nancy Colello
    Very interesting and well written. It never occurred to me about how a group of people who recently survived a catastrophe of epic proportions (Armenian Genocide of 1915) would relive it again in Paris with the Nazi occupation during WWII. The references to historic figures important to the French resistance who were of Armenian ancestry was also interesting. Blending this history with the love story of a young couple and all the twists and turns...
  • Brenda Hawley
    Told from the voice of a teenaged Armenia whose family lives in Paris during the Nazi occupation, this subtle novel is more about the emergence and maturing of love than actually World War II. Nicely written, the family intimacies and struggles are highlighted through the slow starvation of its members. The perils of resistance workers and the deportation of the French Jews play a minor role in how these events affect the author and her family. I...
  • Aline Ohanesian
    I've read a lot of genocide books. They fascinate me. And to a certain extent I've become a bit immune to their brand of tragedy, but I was reading this on a plane and broke down in tears, the ugly kind, right around page 103. It's a marvelous book.
  • Natalie
    It was a good, somewhat predictable easy read. A page turning historical fiction novel with romance and heartbreak. I'm glad I read it. If you enjoy WWII era fiction with a drama or any historical drama, I recommend you read it.
  • Katherine
    I enjoyed this book. A little shallow but enjoyable to get a different perspective on Paris during the German occupation.I would recommend it.
  • Jennifer Solheim
    An intimate snow globe of a tale about a young Armenian woman coming of age in Paris during the Vichy era.
  • Mahayla
    I picked up this book because I love novels set in WWII. It was an added bonus that it was also set in Paris. Now I can tell you I absolutely loved this book and will recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes Paris or WWII novels but I have to warn you from here on it is spoiler central.The main character went through some changes that I will admit if I had been her age I don't think I could have done. She loses three people she loves throu...
  • Nora Lester
    Amidst the plethora of literature that aims to humanize the inhumanity of the Holocaust by telling the story through the lens of a single family, "All the Light There Was" shows a refreshingly different perspective -- that of an Armenian family in France. I read the paperback version available through She Writes Press and found it an easy read with engaging characters whose loves and disappointments convey not the horror of camps that fills up so...
  • Jamie
    So I really liked this book and it's a super quick read. It reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but set in Paris. My only big problem with the book was the ending. The author wrote beautifully and engagingly, but I felt like the last 3-5 pages were rushed. I wish she would have spent more time on the ending, but what's written has been written.
  • Sheryl Wolford
    What a lot of life trials to liveThis is a good read but a long way around to a happy ending ??? Interesting characters and good plot.
  • Katie Coppola
    Didn't finish it because I flipped to the end and hated it hahahaha it was so sad and slow for while
  • Tracey Linck
    Typical solid WWII historical fiction. This is one of my favorite genres and this one didn't disappoint. Characters get into your blood and you they stay with you long after completion!
  • Paola (A Novel Idea)
    RATING: 3.5/5Maral is fourteen when the Nazis march into Paris. Her parents, along with many fellow Armenians who survived genocide in their homeland, brace themselves for the hardship and tragedy that the occupation will bring. But Maral discovers that life continues even when German soldiers are marching down her city’s familiar boulevards; the process of growing up doesn’t simply stop just because the world as she knew it has changed forev...