STONES FROM THE RIVER, for which author Ursula Hegi received a PEN Faulkner award nomination, is the story of an unusual child who grows to womanhood in Nazi Germany.
Trudi is born in 1915 to Gertrud and Leo Montag, who own a pay-library business on the first floor of their home in Burgdorf, Germany. Gertrud dies when Trudi is but four years old, and neighbor Frau Blau steps in to help Leo raise his daughter.
Trudi Montag is a zwerg, or dwarf. Rejected by the town children because of her small stature, Trudi attempts to stretch herself by hanging from a door jamb until she drops to the floor. But no amount of body stretching will overcome her pli