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Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
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May 19, 12

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Read from May 16 to 19, 2012

This is an amazing book. I first read it in 1994 when it was originally published. The author has a new book this year that is described as the final book in the Burgdorf Cycle--named for the German town in which these stories take place. I wanted to refresh my memory so I reread this book as the beginning of the cycle of four books. (I can't wait to continue the series.) Stones from the River is an epic novel which follows the life of Trudi Montag--a dwarf--from her German childhood in 1915 to her middle age in 1949. This book can be read simply for the story, it's quite compelling. But for those who look for deeper meanings, this book is a treasure. The theme of stones and river winds through the whole book. The writing is powerfully beautiful, the characters unforgettable. This book goes on my list of favorites.
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