Shade by Neil Jordan
A Novel

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The Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting, highly praised novel, his first in ten years. Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy, an actress who is murdered in the opening scene of the book, Shade tells the story of two pairs of siblings growing up in Ireland in the first half of the century. Through a childhood that memory gives the luster of romance and the tragedy that strikes as the children reach adolescence and the two boys leave for the Great War, these unforgettable characters reach the 1950s to play their roles in a murder ultimately revealed as the opposite of the senseless crime it seems.
 

About Neil Jordan

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Neil Jordan is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Past, The Dream of a Beast, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade, and Night in Tunisia, a collection of short stories which won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has written, directed and produced a large number of awardndash;winning films, including The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Interview with a Vampire, The End of the Affair and Ondine. He is currently the creator and executive producer of the Showtime series, The Borgias. He lives in Dublin.
 
Published August 6, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are also pronounced echoes of Dickens’s Great Expectations in Nina’s remembrance of growing up in Baltray House, located on an estuary of the River Boyne—to which element Nina will eventually “return” (for George had decapitated her and thrown her headless body into a septic tank that empti...

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Shade by Neil Jordan 336pp, John Murray, £16.99 In the great Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard, the Joe Gillis figure played by William Holden tells his story face down in the swimming pool.

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His gloomy tale, spanning the first half of the 20th century, begins where the story ends: Nina Hardy is murdered by her childhood friend, George, now the gardener on the estate where she spent her youth.

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Janie's crush on Gregory completes and complicates a circle that's already full of unspoken ties, and Jordan moves back and forth in time to illustrate how those ties developed throughout the foursome's lives, from the childhood playgrounds of the River Boyne to the theatre of WWI to Nina's conti...

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The spirit of the maiden Boinn, whose death began the legend, is joined by that of the drowned governess, Miss Shawcross -- more pleasant and acceptable to Nina in death than in oppressive life -- as well as, eventually, the spirit of Nina herself.

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