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Book Club

January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 23 at 12:30pm in the comfort of your own home via Zoom!

We will be discussing Ramona Ausubel’s No One Is Here Except All of US

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An isolated village tries to save itself from a war through sheer force of imagination—all at the suggestion of a girl.

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.


Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of two novels and two story collections. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, California and Colorado Book Awards and long-listed for the Story Prize, Frank O’Connor International Story Award and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award and New York Times Notable Book selections. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction and served as editor of Faultline Journal of Art & Literature.

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The New York Times, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, Electric Literature, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, and collected in The Best American Fantasy and online in The Paris Review.   She has been a finalist for the Puschart Prize and a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Ramona has taught at Tin House, The Community of Writers, Writing X Writers and is a faculty member in both the Low-Residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Colorado State University.



January 23
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


The Shaar
1981 Oxford St
Halifax, NS B3H 4A4 Canada
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