In The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat WintersIn The Shadow Of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds

byCat Winters

Paperback | October 7, 2014

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In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. At her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-20th-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
Cat Winters is the author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which received three starred reviews and was a finalist for YALSA’s Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She grew up near Disneyland in Southern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
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Title:In The Shadow Of BlackbirdsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419710230

ISBN - 13:9781419710230

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book interesting book with enjoyable character but the pacing is a bit slow
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could have been a perfect book In 1918, teenage Mary Shelley Black falls in love with Stephen, a young soldier heading off to fight in World War I. She becomes involved with Stephen's half-brother who takes "spirit photos" - pictures of people with the "ghosts" of their dead loved ones. Mary receives a report of Stephen's death in battle, but is herself visited by Stephen's ghost who tells a story of torture, horror and betrayal that conflicts with official reports. The author does a good job of describing life in the early 1900s, especially the terrors of the influenza epidemic and the common superstitions and useless folk remedies of the time. She also includes actual photos of people at work during the epidemic. The author sadly fails to make clear exactly what happens to Stephen and by what method. There are many, many details of his experiences, but in the end I still didn't know exactly what happened and why. The reasons given were hard to believe, and we seem to have only the ghost's confused explanation to tie everything up. The other weak area in the book is that the vocabulary, terminology and conversational idioms of 2013 sound so false in a book set a hundred years ago. The characters all sound like people you'd meet in a shopping mall, and not like people born at the turn of the last century. Very few concessions are made to the conversational standards of that time. She could have used words like hoax or hoodwink, hornswoggle or humbug - but instead uses the anachronistically inept "scamming" which comes right out of a FaceBook flimflam. A tale of a solved murder and a debunked hoodwink - now that would have been the perfect book.
Date published: 2013-07-26