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Ursula Hegi

Author of Stones from the River

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About the Author

Ursula Hegi (born May 23, 1946) spent the first 18 years of her life in post-World War II Germany. When she tried to ask questions about the war, she received only vague answers and heard little about the Holocaust. Hegi immigrated to the United States in 1964. Now an award-winning novelist, Hegi show more is best known for her book Stones from the River. Picked by Oprah Winfrey as a selection for Oprah's highly successful book club, the prequel to Hegi's highly-praised Floating In My Mother's Palm traces the path of average Germans during the turbulent wartime years from 1915 to 1952. Narrated by a dwarf who eventually learned that being different is a secret that all humans share, Stones from the River was nominated for a PEN Faulkner Award and received the Governor's Writer's Award. Also the author of the books Intrusions, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, and Salt Dancers, Hegi is the recipient of more than two dozen grants and awards, including an NEA Fellowship and five awards from PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. She has also written over 100 reviews for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. (Bowker Author Biography) Ursula Hegi is the author of eight critically acclaimed books. She lives in New York State. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Works by Ursula Hegi

Stones from the River (1994) 4,616 copies
The Vision of Emma Blau (2000) 709 copies
Floating in My Mother's Palm (1990) 700 copies
Salt Dancers (1995) 409 copies
Sacred Time (2003) 313 copies
The Worst Thing I've Done (2007) 294 copies
Intrusions (1981) 269 copies
Hotel of the Saints (2001) 249 copies
Children and Fire (2011) 226 copies
Trudi & Pia (2003) 25 copies


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AMERICAN AUTHORS CHALLENGE--APRIL 2023--URSULA HEGI in 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (May 12)


I thought it would be better. There were so many paths the author could have taken but didn't. The author could have used the rule of writer's to show and not tell. Like letting the reader in on the main character's rumor making and story telling abilities, would of made a better read, in my humble opinion.
charlie68 | 66 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
I'm not sure why this book gets such terrible reviews. I found the writing alone, lyrical and mesmerizing, worth the reading. The characters are sharply drawn and vivid, with the nearly titular Mason looming the largest. I liked the tension that Hegi managed in making Mason's relationship with Annie both warm and nostalgic and terrifying and abusive.

The meditative first quarter, with talk radio hosts intermingling with imagination and contemplation was by far the strongest and the last quarter, with political protests tacked on in weak parallels dimmed by comparison, but on the whole, I enjoyed it and I'll seek out Hegi's other works.

Finally, I can't help saying this: the inability of modern writers to write deep, intense and platonic relationships never fails to disappoint me.
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settingshadow | 20 other reviews | Aug 19, 2023 |
Not as good as Stones from the River.
blueskygreentrees | 8 other reviews | Jul 30, 2023 |
I enjoyed this novel because Hegi does such a wonderful job of weaving the narratives together without ever making it overwrought and preachy. It is not a story about a Zwerg (dwarf) woman in Germany prior and during World War II. It is a story about Trudi Montag, whose experiences and fears are a mirror to our own trials and tribulations--perhaps not in severity, but in the lessons that can be learned. Despite the sometimes difficult subject matter, Trudi is a redemptive protagonist (at least for the reader), and the book is a beautiful tribute to the challenges of humanity.… (more)
rebcamuse | 66 other reviews | Jun 25, 2023 |



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