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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,060 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ramona Ausubel Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years, across oceans, deserts, and mountains, but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven year old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fantastical and ambitious…Infused with faith in the power of storytelling…Light and tenderness persevere—in a shining moon, in a candle still aglow, in a mother’s embrace of her child.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An absorbing and unpredictable novel that manages to encompass a wide geographic and emotional range…Ausubel’s original voice combines fresh, clear observation and Old testament grandeur.”

    New Yorker

  • “Romanian Jews in 1939 reinvent their own reality in this inspiring novel about the power of community and imagination.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Ramona Ausubel’s debut, No One Is Here Except All of Us captures the magical group-think of a Romanian village that retreats into an imaginary reality at the outbreak of war.”


  • “If a book can be said to have a consciousness, the consciousness here is infinitely tender and soulful, magical and true. It’s the kind of God we wish for.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/6/2014

    " Ever read a book and think "I know this is brand new but I swear I've read this before?"...I had one of those moments with this novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Echo | 2/5/2014

    " I hated this book. I read most of it, until I realized how much I was hating every second of it & finally put it down; there were only about 20 pages left. The whole premise of the book rested on a town of Jews in an isolated area who heard about the war & decided that a reasonable thing to do would be to pretend that they are remaking the world & they are the only ones that exist. That solves the problem of the war & they live in a way that allows them to cut off all contact with the rest of the world so it kind of works. This massive passivity is the most predominant theme in the book. No one actually participates in life, they just let things happen to them. You want to take my child because you think you should have one in the new world? Well, I guess. You didn't like that one & want a different one? Ok. You want to marry off the child you took from me who is not quite 12? I will say nothing. You want to take my child after my parents gave me away & damaged me for life? Ok, I guess that's all right. I mean, SERIOUSLY!!! I had to put it down because it gave me such anger about everything. PARTICIPATE, PEOPLE, PARTICIPATE!!!!! It was written beautifully, but without any character developement at all, because you can't develop someone who is so passive. They were all so simple as to be stupid, no one actually thinks this way. I just couldn't take it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jitlapawn Okamura | 2/1/2014

    " Ausubel's debut novel is an imaginative, inspiring story about the bigness of being alive as an individual, as a member of a tribe and as a participant in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathi Evans | 1/22/2014

    " Wonderful first novel - the story is original, and compelling. The writing is excellent. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read her next novel. "

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