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Collected Works welcomes Ramona Ausubel for a presentation of her first novel, the acclaimed No One is Here Except All of Us.
In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war closing 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, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known, and start over from scratch. Time and history are forgotten. Destiny is unwritten.
The New York Times Book Review received No One is Here Except All of Us as "Fantstical 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."
A native of Santa Fe, Ramona Ausubel holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction and served as editor of the Faultline Journal of Art and Literature. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, among other journals, and she was a finalist for the Pushcart Prize. No One is Here Except All of Us was inspired in part by the stories her grandmother shared during Ausubel's childhood.
Ausubel will be presenting in conversation with screenwriter and novelist Joan Tewkesbury.