No One is Here Except All of Us

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Penguin Random House Australia, Mar 15, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A village tries to save itself through the sheer force of imagination - all because of an eleven-year-old-girl.

In 1939, the residents of the tiny Romanian village of Zalischik are counting on their isolation to protect them from the catastrophe sweeping Europe. When a mysterious stranger is washed up on the riverbank and the illusion of peace is shattered, the villagers are forced to acknowledge the precariousness of their situation.

At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and the washed up stranger, the villagers decide to start the world over, and begin again from scratch. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, and soon our narrator - the girl, grown into a young mother - must move from one world to the next.

In rich, luminous prose, Ramona Ausubel has created a story about the bigness of being alive as an individual, as a member of a tribe, and as a participant in history. No One Is Here Except All Of Us explores how we use storytelling to survive and to shape our own truths.

'Fantastical and ambitious . . . infused with faith in the power of storytelling.' New York Times

'Contains so many achingly beautiful passages, it's as if language itself is continually striving to be a refuge . . . Infinitely tender and soulful, magical and true.' San Francisco Chronicle

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User Review  - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing

Twice while reading this book, I found myself sobbing. That's the first sign I have that it's a good book. I'm not often moved to tears by things I read. The cadence of the words of this book stick ... Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

The story is not new, though that does not make it less remarkable. It has happened to many other peoples, too, which is something important to remember, and again, that does not make this less ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ramona Ausubel is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, The Paris Review Daily and Best American Fantasy. Ausubel is the recipient of the Glenn Schaeffer Award for fiction, and was a finalist for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in California.

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