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