Mary Macky of The San Francisco Chronicle once observed that "Ursula Hegi has a real genius for the material of personal existence, for the world seen close up." In her quirky yet poignant novels, the German-born Hegi displays this genius time and again.
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Upstate New York
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B.A., M.A., University of New Hampshire
|The Latest From Hegi||Selected Works|
|The Worst Thing I've Done|
Friends since earliest childhood, Annie, Jake, and Mason have a special bond. When Annie's parents die on the same night that she and Mason get married, the three friends decide to raise Annie's infant sister, Opal, together. Not surprisingly, their bonds of intimacy, already deeply entangled, become strained. As Annie struggles, events take on a momentum of their own. And then, one fateful night, the three friends goad each other into stepping over a line, with shocking consequences for each of them.
Floating In My Mother's Palm (1990)
Tearing the Silence (1997)
Stones from the River (1997)
The Vision of Emma Blau (2000)
Hotel of the Saints (2001)
Sacred Time (2003)
The Worst Thing I've Done (2007)
Ursula Hegi chronology
|Hegi's Breakout Book|
|Stones from the River|
Hegi broke into blockbuster success as an author when Stones from the River -- her unconventional wartime novel with an unlikely heroine (a German dwarf) -- was tapped for Oprah's Book Club in 1997. In The Lost Angeles Times, fellow author Michael Dorris said that the book was "what a novel is supposed to be: epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision.... It is, in a word, remarkable."
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|From our Online Book Group Discussion|
|In our Online Reading Group for her novel Sacred Time, Hegi posted some fascinating insights into her writing technique in the discussion forum: "When I write from a character's point of view, I become that character. It's a lot like method acting. I become Anthony at age 7, feel his disappointment, his joy, his desire. In Leonora's chapter, I write from inside Leonora. I need to feel my characters' emotions to write about them."
|Photo by Gordon Gagliano||