From the Publisher
Here is the eagerly anticipated new novel from a brilliant
writer whose last book, Good to a Fault, was
shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize and won the
Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean.
The Little Shadows revolves around three sisters
in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War.
We follow the lives of all three in turn: Aurora, the eldest and
most beautiful, who is sixteen when the book opens; thoughtful
Clover, a year younger; and the youngest sister, joyous headstrong
sprite Bella, who is thirteen. The girls, overseen by their fond
but barely coping Mama, are forced to make their living as a
singing act after the untimely death of their father. They begin
with little besides youth and hope, but Marina Endicott's genius is
to show how the three girls slowly and steadily evolve into true
artists even as they navigate their way to adulthood among a cast
of extraordinary characters - some of them charming charlatans,
some of them unpredictable eccentrics, and some of them just
ordinary-seeming humans with magical gifts.
Using her gorgeous prose and extraordinary insight, Endicott lures
us onto the brightly lit stage and then into the little shadows
that lurk behind the curtain, and reveals how the art of vaudeville
-- in all its variety, madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow --
echoes the art of life itself.
About the Author
Marina Endicott''s previous novel, Good to a
Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers'' Prize for Best Book,
Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the prestigious
Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Open
Arms, was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First
Novel Award. Endicott has been an actor, director, playwright and
editor, and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385668910
ISBN - 13: 9780385668910