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Stones from the River (Oprah's Book Club)

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ISBN13: 9780684844770
ISBN10: 068484477x
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Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. The protagonist is Trudi Montag, a Zwerg — the German word for dwarf woman. As a dwarf she is set apart, the outsider whose physical "otherness" has a corollary in her refusal to be a part of Burgdorf's silent complicity during and after World War II. Trudi establishes her status and power, not through beauty, marriage, or motherhood, but rather as the town's librarian and relentless collector of stories.

Through Trudi's unblinking eyes, we witness the growing impact of Nazism on the ordinary townsfolk of Burgdorf as they are thrust on to a larger moral stage and forced to make choices that will forever mark their lives. Stones from the River is a story of secrets, parceled out masterfully by Trudi — and by Ursula Hegi — as they reveal the truth about living through unspeakable times.

Review:

"What a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision....It is in a word, remarkable." Michael Dorris, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Rich and lively...This moving, elegiac novel commands our compassion and respect for the wisdom and courage to be found in unlikely places, in unlikely times." Suzanne Ruta, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A stunning novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times — set in a small German town and spanning both world wars. Through the voice of the town's unofficial historian and conscience, Hegi explores the secrets, the actions, and lack of action that shapes the residents' fates.

About the Author

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook's Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than thirty grants and awards.

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DL, July 8, 2011 (view all comments by DL)
I really enjoyed this story. I have read many stories of WWII, but this story was told from a different angle. A Catholic-German Dwarf and her father that helped out their Jewish friends. They didn't agree with their own government, in a time when making the slightest remark against the government could get you killed. The author did a wonderful job of describing daily life in a small German town, during their worst time in history. I can't wait to read the follow up books to this. It's a good read, difficult at times, but one of the best historical drama's I've came across.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684844770
Author:
Hegi, Ursula
Publisher:
Touchstone
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Women librarians.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
City and town life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 16 (MS-16)
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 14.28 oz

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Product details 528 pages Touchstone - English 9780684844770 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision....It is in a word, remarkable."
"Review" by , "Rich and lively...This moving, elegiac novel commands our compassion and respect for the wisdom and courage to be found in unlikely places, in unlikely times."
"Synopsis" by , A stunning novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times — set in a small German town and spanning both world wars. Through the voice of the town's unofficial historian and conscience, Hegi explores the secrets, the actions, and lack of action that shapes the residents' fates.
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