The Shades by Evgenia Citkowitz
A Novel

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The mystery of the girl and the novel’s murky ending are arguably the least interesting elements of the book, which is driven less by the naked plot than by the exquisite strength of Citkowitz’s writing—spare, arresting, and emotionally precise. A thoroughly modern novel with a Gothic feel; a fully realized vision.
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Spare and haunting, The Shades is a gripping mystery and a story of a family in crisis.

A year has passed since Catherine and Michael Hall lost their teenage daughter in a car accident, leaving them and their sixteen-year-old son, Rowan, reeling in the aftermath of the tragedy. After Rowan escapes to boarding school, Catherine withdraws from her life as a successful London gallerist to Hamdean, an apartment in a Georgian country manor, where she and Michael had hoped to spend their retirement. When a beguiling young woman, Keira, appears at the house claiming to have once lived there, Catherine is reanimated by the promise of a meaningful connection. However, their relationship soon shifts to one of forbidding uncertainty as the mysteries of the past collide with the truth of the present.

Emotionally complex and psychologically tense, The Shades raises questions about the inescapability of human nature and speaks to our deepest anxieties: the safety of those we love and the sanctuary of home.

 

About Evgenia Citkowitz

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Evgenia Citkowitz was born in New York and was educated in London and the United States. Her short stories have been published in various British magazines. Her screenplay The House in Paris, based on Elizabeth Bowen's novel, is currently in development.
 
Published June 19, 2018 by W. W. Norton & Company. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 16 2018

The mystery of the girl and the novel’s murky ending are arguably the least interesting elements of the book, which is driven less by the naked plot than by the exquisite strength of Citkowitz’s writing—spare, arresting, and emotionally precise. A thoroughly modern novel with a Gothic feel; a fully realized vision.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Scott Cheshire on Jul 18 2018

Brilliantly constructed, “The Shades” is ghostly and alive, cerebral and sensuous, an absolutely riveting read.

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Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jul 03 2018

With its semi-Gothic setting and style, it would have been easy for The Shades to descend into cliche, but Citkowitz makes the book all her own. It's an excellent debut novel that deals heavily with death, but still feels alive, compassionate, and full of truths about family that are brutal but necessary.

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