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"In every chapter, [Huber] weaves stories of her activist life with richly imagined scenes of her grandfather, reconstructing his life from anecdotes and documentary evidence. . . . Most radically of all for a progressive activist, Huber embraces the past. Instead of tossing it all out in search of something new, she ties a firm knot between then and now."--Los Angeles Times
--Karrie Higgins "Los Angeles Times "
"Opa Nobody is good, folks. . . . Fiction and nonfiction flow together so easily under Huber's control that it looks easy to accomplish. . . . Opa Nobody is a masterful book and a testament to the talent of its author. After reading this, there will be many people impatient for Sonya Huber's next work. I am."--Conan Stuart, Connect Statesboro--Conan Stuart "Connect Statesboro "
"Sharp human insights on the omnipresent moral complications of living in Nazi Germany make this a worthwhile read. . . . [A] unique, imaginative take on the family memoir."--Kirkus Reviews -- (01/01/2008)
"Grounded in extensive research and enriched by family anecdotes. . . . The result is thoughtful discourse on political activism and the toll exacted from those dedicated to unpopular causes."--Deborah Donovan, Booklist-- (03/01/2008)
"In her first book, teacher and activist Huber reaches across time and space to find guidance and camaraderie in the reconstructed life of Heina Buschmann, the German grandfather she never met. . . . Family relationships and political situations are wrought finely enough to illustrate what's at stake for Heina."--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
"Writing family history is a notoriously fraught enterprise. . . . Sonya Huber's book of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody, tracks an innovative course through this thorny landscape. . . . [I]t is precisely Huber's play with the imaginative possibilities in the gaps between historical fact and family memory that makes her project so poetic and moving. . . . Through her admirably candid writing, Huber makes visible the inability of political activism to manage failure and despair."--Valerie Weaver-Zercher, The Christian Century-- (05/06/2008)