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No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
Publication Date: Feb 2, 2012
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, eventually overtaking it, and soon our narrator-the girl, grown into a young mother-must flee her village, move from one world to the next, to find her husband and save her children, and propel them toward a real and hopeful future. A beguiling, imaginative, inspiring 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 shape our own truths. It marks the arrival of a major new literary talent.
Hello fellow earthlings. Rebekah here.
I’ve kind of been in my own world lately – that always happens to me between semesters.
I just decided to re-watch the entire Lost series when I went to visit my sister last week (I got her season one for her birthday-i’m enjoying it as well hehe). It’s still so good.
Back to my point (I promise there is one). A big theme in Lost is starting over with a clean slate. I mean, they’re trapped on an island completely shut off from the rest of the world fighting polar bears and crazy monsters and freaky island people (if you haven’t watched the show, don’t be put off by this). They’re surviving. Don’t have time to worry about who they were – they are who they choose to be now.
This upcoming book seems like it will focus a great deal on that same aspect of “starting over.” Set during the onset of WWII, a group of people forget their pasts and create their own future in order to escape the reality of war. I’m so curious to see what kind of characters this will hold. Not sure what genre this belongs in, but I’m excited that I’ll get a chance to read this from an upcoming “big talent.”
Sorry this is a late in the day posting. Just kind of decided last minute.