Search Results: "Ursula Hegi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VISION OF EMMA BLAU by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Hegi seems to be going through the motions here, aspiring to profundity no doubt but achieving only a tired gothic reprise of hubris and folly."
Companion novel to Hegi's Oprah-anointed Stones from the River (1994, etc.): an ambitious, multigenerational story about identity, fate, and the dark side of seemingly benign visions that dutifully plods through the years, detailing as it goes along the schematic lives of the Blau family held hostage to the Wasserburg, a once grand apartment building. Read full book review >

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STONES FROM THE RIVER by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 1994

"Trying to be too much—including a female alter ego for Gunter Grass's dwarf drummer—she is never quite in focus or really credible."
Life in small-town Germany (1915-52) as chronicled by Trudi, a dwarf with her own agenda—courtesy of the German-born Hegi (Floating in My Mother's Palm, 1990, etc.) Read full book review >

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THE WORST THING I’VE DONE by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Extremely readable, but thoroughly unpleasant."
Grim, gripping fiction from Hegi (Sacred Time, 2003, etc.) about childhood friends whose triangular relationship goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN AND FIRE by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A thoughtful, sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany's history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collaborate with evil."
Hegi (The Worst Thing I've Done, 2007, etc.) probes the moral dilemmas facing ordinary Germans in the early days of Hitler's Third Reich. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 1997

Americans of German birth, children of the war and immediate postwar era, reflect on the experience and meaning of their split identity. Read full book review >

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SACRED TIME by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2003

"Lacking coherent plot development and a single compelling protagonist, Hegi's latest reads disconcertingly like snippets from a multigenerational saga."
The German-born author breaks new ethnic ground to little effect in her tale of a child's death haunting two generations of Italian-Americans in the Bronx. Read full book review >

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HOTEL OF THE SAINTS by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A vivid imagination and luminous writing compensate for too-easy epiphanies."
From acclaimed novelist Hegi (The Vision of Emma Blau, 2000, etc.), 11 short stories: finely wrought fables with transcendent resolutions rather than the usual open-ended contemporary slices of life. Read full book review >

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SALT DANCERS by Ursula Hegi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Stale, schematic, and overwrought."
A disappointing successor to Hegi's panoramic PEN/Faulkner nominee, Stones from the River (1994), revisiting that overworked world of troubled childhoods recalled years later by still-obsessed adults. Read full book review >

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TRUDI & PIA by Ursula Hegi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

Excerpts taken nearly verbatim from Hegi's adult novel, Stones from the River (1994), form a surprisingly cohesive story for children about Trudi, a dwarf girl, who comes to accept herself after meeting a dwarf woman, Pia, at the circus. Read full book review >

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URSULA, UNDER by Ingrid Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2004

"Wildly uneven, awesomely ambitious: a mess, in fact, but you can't help but be impressed by the author's commitment and boldness."
Hill (Dixie Church Interstate Blues, stories, not reviewed) lards 2,500 years of history and misery onto the 17-hours-and-27-minutes-long drama of a little girl's rescue from a mineshaft. Read full book review >

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DONNY AND URSULA SAVE THE WORLD by Sharon Weil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2013

"A fun, raucous eco-novel."
A comic novel in which an unlikely pair foils a dastardly government plot. Read full book review >

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CASTLE HANGNAIL by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"An appealing protagonist, lots of action, clever, witty writing, witchcraft and evildoers who get nothing but what they deserve—what's not to love? (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Castle Hangnail is in desperate need of a new Master; 12-year-old budding Wicked Witch Molly might be just the person to fill the position. Read full book review >