Little Shadows by Marina Endicott

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

...The Little Shadows is populated with show people, but part of its brilliance lies in its understatement. There's a great deal of skill at work in the telling of this tale...
-Guardian

Synopsis

"The Little Shadows" tells the story of three sisters making their way in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War. Setting off to make their fortune as a singing act after the untimely death of their father, the girls, Aurora, Clover and Bella, are overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama. The girls begin with little besides youth and hope but evolve into artists as they navigate their way to adulthood among a cast of extraordinary characters - charming charlatans, unpredictable eccentrics, and some who seem ordinary but have magical gifts. Marina Endicott lures us onto the brightly lit stage and 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 Marina Endicott

See more books from this 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, where she teaches at the University of Edmonton and writes.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Hutchinson. 544 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Little Shadows
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Tjala on Jun 04 2012

...it wasn't at all engaging, the beginning was boring...The characters were tiresome.

Read Full Review of Little Shadows | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Oyeyemi on Mar 02 2012

...The Little Shadows is populated with show people, but part of its brilliance lies in its understatement. There's a great deal of skill at work in the telling of this tale...

Read Full Review of Little Shadows | See more reviews from Guardian

National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Sep 30 2011

Set against a backdrop of ice and snow and war, the book belongs to a Canadian tradition preoccupied with survival. At the same time, Endicott insists, art has always had its place. She has written an entertaining, moving and original work.

Read Full Review of Little Shadows | See more reviews from National Post arts

Reader Rating for Little Shadows
75%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 9 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review