Stones from the River

by Ursula Hegi

Touchstone | January 25, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Stones from the River is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary times—“epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision” (Los Angeles Times).

Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share—from her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend he’s a girl, to the Jews Trudi harbors in her cellar.

Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.

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Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439144761

ISBN - 13: 9781439144763

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my top ten! I LOVED this novel. As a history teacher it is great to read a novel from the German perspective of WWII. Trudi is an amazing combination: an innocent and sympathetic , yet complex and strong character. I have recommended this book to so many people, I have lost count.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated out of 5 by from A Different Perspective A unique and interesting account of a young woman growing up in Germany during WW2. The main character, Trudi, is a dwarf and the book deals with discrimination on many levels. The novel shows a different perspective on Germans during WW2 - that of the average German person. Most novels set during WW2 do not show how the war had many consequences for Germans. Many, if not most, Germans did not agree with the extremism of the nazi regime and this novel depicts this very well. If you ever wondered why the Germans didn't stand up against the holocaust, etc. this book will provide some insight. The character Trudi, inspired by a real person from the author's childhood, was well crafted. Although she struggles with her difference (as anyone would), it was wonderful to see how she grew into a strong woman who stands up for what she believes in.
Date published: 2009-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridging hardships This is an absolutely fascinating book as it weaves the story of one woman "zwerg" (dwarf) and her acceptance of herself, her town, and her country during the second world war in Germany. Her discovery of prejudice in all facets of life forces the reader to view and conduct their own lives. I couldn't put the book down and I constantly thought of the difficuly of "acceptance" in our society for those who have any sort of difference.
Date published: 2000-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Holocaust Brough Home This was one of the most haunting books I have ever read. I have read few books set during the Third Reich that were from the average German's point of view. It is a revealing examination of the entrenchment of the Nazi regime into the everyday life of the average German. A must read!
Date published: 1999-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping! I LOVED this book! It has so much! Not only the story of a young dwarf woman, but a unique insight into WWII from a German (but not Nazi) point of view. Very thought provoking...
Date published: 1999-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stones From the River An unforgettable book about a dwarf child named Trudi Montag growing up in a small town in Germany during the war years. Living in those years was hard enough without being a dwarf. To add to her challenges, Trudi's mother went mad. Trudi learns that everyone has a secret that deserves our respect and compassion. A very good read.
Date published: 1998-12-03

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Stones from the River

by Ursula Hegi

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439144761

ISBN - 13: 9781439144763

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From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary times—“epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision” (Los Angeles Times).

Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share—from her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend he’s a girl, to the Jews Trudi harbors in her cellar.

Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.
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