The Little Shadows

The Little Shadows

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The eagerly anticipated new novel from the Commonwealth Prize winning author of the bestselling Good to a Fault follows three sisters into the backstage world of Polite Vaudeville before and during the First World War.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin,� 2012
ISBN: 9781742378947
Branch Call Number: AF ENDI

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sparisien
Oct 10, 2014

A little boring. This book was hard to read as it did not hold my attention. More could have been done with this story.

Marie_45 Jun 07, 2014

It took me a while to get into the story, it was a good novel.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 09, 2013

Set in 1912 and the vibrant world of vaudeville, the story introduces us to three teenaged sisters who must make a living as a singing act when their father dies unexpectedly. With only youth and hope on their side, the girls evolve into true artists. Their journey is brilliantly crafted by Commonwealth Prize-winning Endicott, who takes us onto the stage and also behind the curtain to reveal the art of vaudeville—in all its madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow—as the art of life itself.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 03, 2013

I felt there were many parallels with Ann-Marie MacDonald's classic, Fall on Your Knees: family stories that capture the imagination, a setting in early 20th century leading up to and including the first World War, and a central role of music. Endicott has done a brilliant job of portraying the world of Vaudeville that her endearing characters inhabit.

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vickiz
Jan 01, 2013

Marina Endicott has woven her inestimable writerly magic again into the story of the on and offstage trials, tribulations and triumphs of the Avery sisters, vaudeville performers circa World War I. The sisters waste no time stealing your heart, rapidly followed by a disarming cast of vivid supporting characters, from family to fellow performers to others driving the vibrant theatrical scene of that era. The Little Shadows is a book that you'll be tempted to consume in great gulps, with its engrossing behind the scenes insights as well as its kaleidoscope of intriguing relationships. However, you're advised to pause and linger over each chapter, if only to extend your time with characters you'll miss acutely after the last page. Endicott's signature sensitivity, both kind but also clear-eyed and honest, and the redemptive insights that made Good To A Fault so resonant, are in equal full strength here.

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sharkey01
Sep 07, 2012

This is a very enjoyable read. If you are interested in the history of vaudeville then it is a must read.

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SusannahElf
Aug 23, 2012

I found this book great fun. I enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of the vaudeville circuit. The relationships between the mother and three daughters were moving, complex, and beautifully rendered. I was sorry when I got to the final page. This would make a great movie, too!

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Rosina
May 22, 2012

"Good to a Fault" was one of my favourite books and this was a bit disappointing. It took me ages to get into it. There were so many characters that I couldn't keep track of them. In the end I enjoyed this book and was sorry when it came to an end. But "GTF" was still my favourite.

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elinpat
Apr 25, 2012

Ho hum

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readingchick
Jan 13, 2012

I really enjoyed learning about Vaudeville and liked the "Girls" well enough but something was missing. This novel just did not "wow" me.

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