The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott

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In July of 1995, the news photographer Gray Banick disappeared into the Bosnian war zone and doing so took away pieces of the hearts of three people who loved him: Emil Todorovic, his interpreter and friend; Jack MacKenzie, his mentor who taught Gray to hold his camera steady between himself and the worst that war presents; and Lian Zhao, who didn’t have the strength to love him as he wanted her to. Now, almost five years later, they have gathered in Sarajevo to find out what happened to Gray, the man who had taught them all what love is.

Each driven character in this novel believes fully that there is a love strong enough to sustain them, even in the extreme circumstances of war. But each time they have uncovered a glimpse of such a thing, they have failed tragically love itself.

Or, to see it another way, this is a novel about how love fails us every time—or almost every time.

About Jason Quinn Malott

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Published October 1, 2009 by Unbridled Books. 253 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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She's helped by Jack MacKenzie, Gray's mentor, and Emil Todorovic, Gray's interpreter.

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This mirroring works partly because the Bosnian war was literally domestic (one wrenching scene describes a Bosnian finding his family murdered in his home).

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