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.
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by Ramona Ausubel
by Libby Gill
by Fern Michaels
by Sarah Bird
by Salman Rushdie
by Judy Pasternak
by Robyn Meredith
by Kelley Armstrong
"Ausubel's first novel presents the haunting story of a small group of Romanian Jews who attempt to redefine reality as the horrors of war encroach upon their remote village. Laural Merlington's performance as she transitions from a child's whispery breathlessness to the more confident tones of a mature wife, mother, and survivor helps the listener follow the main character, Lena, as she and her community defiantly celebrate life amid unspeakable tragedies. Merlington enhances Ausubel's deft character development by employing an equally subtle touch to vocally define personalities. She skillfully allows the author's lyrical prose to deliver all necessary drama and emotion. Listeners who embrace this unconventional story will be treated to a unique experience that lingers long after the work ends. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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