Friday, March 23, 2007

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

In Burgdorf, Germany, a small fictional town based on Ursula Hegi's hometown of Dusseldorf, we meet Trudi Montag, a "zwerg" or dwarf woman, who becomes town librarian, a storyteller and purveyor of local gossip. The novel spans the years from 1915 to 1951 and portrays a town reduced to silence, suspicion and fear as the dark curtain of Nazism appears, expands and envelops much of Europe. Trudi is a survivor. Her physical differences have always set her apart from everyone else - but the townspeople are so willing to bare their souls to her. The reader watches her mature, accept her "differences", find love and deal with loss. Stones From the River is the prequel to Hegi's Floating in My Mother's Palm. A moving and unforgettable story.

Reviewed by Susanne W., South County Regional Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

Reading Group guide

I'll be teaching this novel to my classes this Fall 2007.


1 comment:

Enemy of the Republic said...

I love her work.