Shadow Baby

Shadow Baby

Book - 2000 | 1st ed.
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Clara first spies him through the crack in the stained-glass window of her church, lighting a string of handmade lanterns in the Adirondack woods. A lone old man, Georg Kominsky moves stealthily among the shadow world of his hanging, glittering creations. In Alison McGhee's stunning novel Shadow Baby, eleven-year-old Clara is struggling to find the truth about her missing father and grandfather and her twin sister, dead at birth, but her mother steadfastly refuses to talk about these people who are lost to her daughter. When Clara begins interviewing Georg Kominsky for a school biography assignment, she finds that he is equally reticent about his own concealed history. Precocious and imaginative, the girl invents version upon version of Mr. Kominsky's past, just as she invents lives for the people missing from her own shadowy past. The journey of discovery that these two oddly matched people embark upon is at the heart of this beautiful story about friendship and communion, about discovering what matters most in life, and about the search to find the missing pieces of ourselves. McGhee's prose glistens with shrewd truth and wild imaginings, creating a fine novel that will reverberate in the hearts and minds of readers long after the book is finished.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609606322
0609606328
Branch Call Number: MCGHE
Characteristics: 243 p.

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BugLady1 Jul 19, 2014

Loved this book! Clara is a great character with a wonderful imagination. McGhee's writing is fabulous. I found myself unsure at times if the narration was the actual story or a story that Clara was making up. One can't help but develop an attachment to all the characters. This was light and good writing/reading. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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