No One Is Here Except All of Us
By Ramona Ausubel
(Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594486494, 410pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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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.
- In the opening of the novel, Lena tells Chaya in her letter, “Maybe, when the world began, everything had been clean and pure.” When the villagers start their world over, does the world begin “clean and pure,” or are the seeds of its destruction built into its founding?