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by Ursula Hegi


Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches.

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook's Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than thirty grants and awards.

Although Ursula Hegi wrote Floating in My Mother's Palm first, it can be read as a sequel to Stones from the River. Hanna's courageous voice evokes her unconventional mother, who swims during thunderstorms; the illegitimate son of an American GI, who learns from Hanna about his father; and the librarian, Trudi Montag, who lets Hanna see her hometown from a dwarf's extraordinary point of view. Although Ursula Hegi wrote Floating in My Mother's Palm first, it can be read as a sequel to Stones from the River.

Ursula Hegi (born May 23, 1946) is a German-born American writer Hegi's first books were set in the United States

Ursula Hegi (born May 23, 1946) is a German-born American writer. She is currently an instructor in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. Hegi's first books were set in the United States. She set her third, Floating in My Mother's Palm, in the fictional German town of "Burgdorf," using her writing to explore her conflicted feelings about her German heritage. She used the setting for three more books, including her best selling novel Stones from the River, which was chosen for. Oprah's Book Club in 1997.

Ursula Hegi wrote "Floating in My Mother's Palm" before "Stones from the River", although the events in it come afterward. I'm not sure why I picked it up, much less bought it, because I was lukewarm about Stones. Yet, when I saw that Floating might give a different perspective on some of the same characters, I had to get it. It was an easier read that Stones, with chapters more like vignettes, and a main character, Hannah, that I found more likeable than Trudi in Stones.

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Hanna conjours up unforgettably the events of her youth: her magical bond to her unconventional mother; her friendship with an illegitmate son of an American GI; and the lessons in local lore that are served with tea and innuendo by the town's dwarf librarian.

4. Children and Fire. Praise for Floating in My Mother’s Palm

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever. 4. Praise for Floating in My Mother’s Palm. A graceful, lyrical, heartbreaking book that offers many pleasures, not the least of which is the opportunity to read a very talented author writing at the top of her form, telling stories she seems born to tell in a voice that is completely her own. Marvelous.

If Ursula Hegi's "Floating In My Mother's Palm" doesn't read like a novel, it's because it is a collection of loosely but seamlessly connected short stories which offer the reader a delectable taste of provincial life in post-war Germany

If Ursula Hegi's "Floating In My Mother's Palm" doesn't read like a novel, it's because it is a collection of loosely but seamlessly connected short stories which offer the reader a delectable taste of provincial life in post-war Germany

Although Ursula Hegi wrote Floating in My Mother's Palm first, it can be read as a sequel to Stones from the River.

A moving account of Hanna Malter, a young girl growing up in a small town in Germany in the 1950s, a time when Adolf Hitler isn't mentioned in history classes--or by anyone in town.
Sharpbinder
This story picks up a few years after the end of "Stones from the River," and is told from the perspective of the dentist's daughter, Hanna Malter. Trudi Montag, the central character in "Stones" is now a peripheral character. Like Stones, it is a story full of stories, with no particular overall plot. People live, die, love, grieve and try to put the Nazi era behind them. The history of that time is not an overriding character in the novel-- this is not a story ABOUT a nation wounded by it's past-- that past is simply a part of the fabric of the lives of the characters. The character studies and the author's gift for detail make the book worth reading.
Fearlessrunner
As a first generation American, I appreciate any well written stories about life in Germany, especially from the era of my parents. I cannot imagine living through the terrors of war in my homeland, much less recovering from the devastating losses everyone endures during such times. However, I appreciate the way this author captures the human condition of a town which depicts its citizens that really could be part of a developed country anywhere in the western world. Having had the privilege of being able to visit my relatives in Deutschland from a very early age has bestowed me with the experience of knowing and understanding, albeit superficially, another culture outside of being American. Being able to read about the cast of characters Frau Hegi has created verifies that we basically are all the same, no matter where in the world we find ourselves. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
Lynnak
Ursula Hegi uses her usual hypnotic prose in this book, which flows like the water in the rivers that she loves, even as fast as 8 kilometers per hour like the Rhein. The stories continue to flow seamlessly, through her whole book. Yes, "stories," as even though the book is a novel, it is composed of chapters, which are in fact free standing stories in and of themselves. All the stories are narrated by her protagonist, but each story could be lifted out of the book, and be self-contained.

Her subject of each story is unique, and yet it is all mixed with her wondrous elucidation of the struggles, feelings and progression of the German people in `reconstruction' after the World War II. The people left, in so many country towns of Germany, in the aftermath of the war. These people were only trying to live; before, during and after the war. They were not part of the political maelstrom we call National Socialism. Their lives were very much more simple than that, and they did suffer quite terribly, yet they stoically went on, as people have proved in every corner of the globe, that this is what human beings do. They pick up what is left and go on.

Hegi does not concentrate on the effects of the war, they are coincident with the life that is found in post-World War II Germany. Hegi concentrates upon the life of her protagonist, a very smart and very sensitive young lady, from age 7 through about 14, as she grows up in this environment. The problems that she encounters though are the normal problems that all people encounter in every environment. Only the backdrop has to do with where they are and what the landscape is like. Hegi pays attention to that, but not overly, it is the people that are her subject: from Love to Death, from teenage pregnancy to sexual child abuse, from amputation to neural disease, these are the things that Hegi speaks about, and how they affect her narrator as she grows up in the midst of it. As she grows up in life, perhaps wherever she might be.

Hegi writes modern day literature. It is worthy of the classification, and will endure the test of time. All readers who enjoy wonderfully written contemporary literature should not miss the opportunity to indulge themselves in Hegi's book.
Dammy
I haven't yet read "Stones from the River" but after reading a few comments from other reviewers, decided to read "Floating in My Mother's Palm" before "SFTR". While this is the first Ursula Hegi book I've read, it definitely won't be the last. This is a such a beautiful and brilliant collection of short stories. Most of the stories are told from the vantage point of Hanna Malter, a young girl whose mother is a painter and her father is a dentist, in post WWII Germany. They live in a small town, Burgdorf, about 30 minutes from Dusseldorf. All the stories are essentially character studies of various people from their village and the intertwined nature of their lives with the Malter's. There is not a bad story in this collection -- some are funny, some are disturbing, some are sad --- but all are wonderfully written and make you feel like a voyeur in this small town, learning all the hidden secrets of various people that permeate Hanna and her family's life. After reading "Floating in My Mother's Palm", I can't wait to start "Stones from the River."
Jare
I highly recommend that this book be read AFTER Stones From The River, even though this book was written first.
I've often wondered how she could have done that, unless Stones was already written, not published. Hmmm.
I would find it confusing if I hadn't read "stones" first. Absolutely an amazing writer. Her ability to describe things
and use the correct words are phenomenal. A love her injections, as the butcher giving them the legs from the chickens
and then they tantalize their friends by pulling on the cords and making the toes go claw-like. I remember doing that
as a kid myself. This author has a tremendous ability to let you see what you're reading. She's great.
Dddasuk
Coming from the voice and heart of a young girl living comfortably in Germany, the book relates memorable sequences from her passing through time. The author paints vivid descriptions of events and feelings and places experienced by a young Hannah as she grows and shares her intimate thoughts.
I think this book will appeal to girls and women of all ages and will play in the reader's mind for some time to come.
Floating in My Mother's Palm ebook
Author:
Ursula Hegi
Category:
Short Stories & Anthologies
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EPUB size:
1576 kb
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Publisher:
Vintage; Reprint edition (June 4, 1991)
Pages:
187 pages
Rating:
4.8
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