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Stones from the River
by Ursula Hegi

Published: 1999-09-06
Paperback : 528 pages
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General FictionLarge Print EditionWhat a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent . . . It is, in a word, remarkable. Los Angeles Times* A New York Times Bestseller* Oprahs Book Club SelectionTrudi Montag is born during WWI in the small town of Burgdorf in Germany. She is a dwarf. All ...
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General FictionLarge Print EditionWhat a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent . . . It is, in a word, remarkable. Los Angeles Times* A New York Times Bestseller* Oprahs Book Club SelectionTrudi Montag is born during WWI in the small town of Burgdorf in Germany. She is a dwarf. All her life she yearns to grow like everyone else. But as she matures and becomes the towns librarian, unofficial historian, conscience, and purveyor of gossip, she comes to learn that like the stones at the bottom of a river that are seen only when one dives deep beneath its surface being different is a secret everyone shares, especially the Jews she harbors in her cellar during the Nazi regime. Timeless and unforgettable, the story of Trudi and Burgdorf is a profound work of deep beauty, humanity, and truth.

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by lindseyschmidt (see profile) 02/23/18

 
  "I liked the story, and yet...."by vvesper (see profile) 09/15/17

The main story was good. The detail about Germany from the end of WWI to the end of WWII was great. However, it moved slowly, and there was a lot of stuff that you just really wondered why it needed to... (read more)

 
by JooCho (see profile) 03/08/17

 
by CathUnit (see profile) 04/08/15

 
by bchizy (see profile) 08/15/14

Very hard to read. Started the book but kept stopping and not interested in the outcome. Not engaging for me personally.

 
  "Top Five Novel"by ashute (see profile) 04/04/11

Beautifully written, haunting, thought-provoking. Another view of German society leading up to and through WWII, as experienced by memorable, flawed and very human characters.

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