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No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
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Aug 01, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Totally weird and fun read. Set on a island in the middle of nowhere Romania in 1939 an 11 year old Lena tells us about her isolated Jewish community and the start of the war. When a stranger washes ashore from the river that runs past town (remember island) Lena and the stranger decide that they can create their own version of the world and start at day one. They sell the other 100 or so residents on the plan and soon there are decisions to be made about careers, family and how the world will proceed.

Life goes on, Lena grows up and then the War comes into their utopia. Lena makes difficult choices (trying not to give anything away here) and leaves the village to find answers. Her story is heart-warming, heart-breaking and compelling all at once. Kind of the Golem meet sci-fi meet historical fiction and throw in some of your Bubbie's chicken soup. There were some twists I did not see coming. This is a novel I will revisit. I am looking forward to her next book!

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Robyn Markow Excuse me if I sound defensive,but how can a book about the Holocaust & a whole village being decimated(among other tragedies such as losing a child) be "fun"?(less)

Victoria The book was totally weird and fun because I enjoyed reading it. It wasn't heavy, it didn't lecture and it moved at a good pace. It was a page turner and kept me engaged. I didn't feel forced to finish it. It was enjoyable. It was an 11year old's fantasy that kept the village going and the prose is not dark and forbidding. If fun wasn't the best choice of words for you - apologies. I really enjoyed reading it - so for me it was fun to read. that's all...

Robyn Markow Yes,it was weird & it was darkly humorous @ times but I guess because my ethnic background is Jewish I got a little defensive about your choice of words. You don't have to apologize if that was your opinion of the book but thanks for replying to my message. Robyn:-)

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