Trudi Montag is a Zwerg - a dwarf - short, undesirable, different, the plucky but sometimes defeated voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in.
Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share - from her mother who flees into madness, to her childhood friend Georg whose parents always wanted a girl, and therefore treat him as one, to the Jews Trudi harbours in her cellar when her small town is hit by the lead up to World War II.
Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small German town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 06/09/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780684858098
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Review by erinclark
We read this book several years ago in my book group. After much discussion we all decided that we loved the story but didn't like any of the characters! Strange.
Review by Nancy.Mosholder
Odd book about a dwarf growing up in Germany during WWII.
Review by LegalMove
An absolutely wonderful book.