Ursula Hegi Analysis

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Ursula Hegi (HEHG-ee) is primarily a writer of long fiction but has also written and published short stories. Unearned Pleasures, and Other Stories (1988) and Hotel of the Saints (2001) are two of her short-story collections. She also has published a children’s book, Trudi and Pia (2003), about Trudi Montag, the dwarf of her novels, and a circus dwarf named Pia. The book is an adaptation of her novel Stones from the River. Hegi’s interest in the experience of being an émigré led to her nonfiction work Tearing the Silence: Being German in America (1997).


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Ursula Hegi has received more than thirty grants and awards. In 1988, she won the Indiana Fiction Award. In 1990 and 1994, respectively, her novels Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Stones from the River were selected as New York Times Best Books. Floating in My Mother’s Palm also won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. She was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Stones from the River and for Floating in My Mother’s Palm. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1990) as well as five PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. Stones from the River was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 1994.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Balee, Susan. “American the Innocent.” The Hudson Review 55, no. 2 (Summer, 2002): 301-311. Uncomplimentary review of Hegi’s Hotel of the Saints.

Hegi, Ursula. Tearing the Silence: Being German in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. Hegi’s work includes transcripts from interviews she held with German Americans and contains her personal story of leaving Germany and living in the United States.

Ryan, Valerie. “An Insightful ‘Vision’: Ursula Hegi Continues to Write About Matters German.” Seattle Times, February 6, 2000, p. M8. Along with a review of The Vision of Emma Blau, article discusses Hegi’s personal evolution as a writer.