No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

“There is always a story. No matter what we do, it can’t help but unfold.”

No One Is Here Except All of Us

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel is the most moving book I have read in a long time.

I grabbed it from the library after Leah @ Books Speaks Volumes raved about it, and I was not disappointed.

The small Romanian village of Zalischik is isolated from the rest of the country geographically.  When a stranger is found, still alive, in their river, with a horrific tale of WWII tragedy, the town takes 11-year-old Lena’s advice to begin the world again.  What does this mean?  The villagers ban together, “forget” and get rid of old world things, and start their lives over.

This leads to some wonderful and some very tragic experiences.

But what happens when the bubble bursts?  When the villagers can no longer pretend that they are truly isolated in a new world?

Ramona Ausubel is a beautiful writer, sometimes cryptic and odd, with writing filled with gorgeous metaphors.

The writing is emotional.  I felt so connected to the characters.

No One is Here Except All of Us is mournful, beautiful, like a song that fills you with melancholy and brings tears to your eyes.


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Interested in getting your own copy (which I HIGHLY recommend)? Check it out on Amazon & IndieBound. I get a small percentage if you purchase from those links, and it doesn’t cost you any extra.

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22 thoughts on “No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

  1. I didn’t know it but it sounds great, Rebecca.
    I think every body has felt sometimes the necessity of pretending that we are in another world to avoid the things that worry us!

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  2. This book sounds beautiful – I love an emotional read! Sort of reminds me of that film about a group of mormons who create a new community in a sanctuary…. I think Joaquin Phoenix was in it.

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  3. I’m so glad you liked it! Such a beautiful, emotional story. And thanks for linking to my review! How did you find it, by the way? That’s one of the first reviews I ever posted, back in early 2012, so I’m surprised you saw it!

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    • I remember you read it for some reason. Um. . . maybe I’m a secret stalker? More likely, this is the reason: When I first started blogging, I found a few people’s blogs (your included) and was so impressed with how “together” they were. So I was like in awe of any blogger that had multiple posts. And for some reason you reviewing this one stuck with me, so I just went to your page and searched to make sure you actually did review it before just being all crazy and mentioning how you read it.

      So I’m really NOT a BSV stalker. . . 😀

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