Shade

Shade

Book - 2004
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"Shade" is at once a portrait of childhood, a story of love in its many forms, and a tragedy of lost innocence. With its magical atmosphere and characters compelled to live many lives, it is a novel suffused with ghosts.

Blackwell North Amer
Nina Hardy has been murdered. She died in the house where she grew up, killed by George, her childhood friend. But her body is never found, and she remains, a silent shade, watching the events of her own afterlife.
She must watch her half-brother Gregory as he arrives to bury her, after some thirty years away; and Janie as she attempts to elicit a confession from George, her brother. Through them Nina will relive their lives together, and somehow begin to make sense of the people they all became.
This is a story of imaginary friends and hayrides, of plays and school dances, of a seemingly idyllic childhood by the mudflats of the River Boyne. But the outside world cannot be kept at bay, and the fragile balance of their friendships is soon interrupted. Ultimately they will be torn apart by the outbreak of war, brought together again only to find that each has changed almost beyond recognition.

Publisher: London : John Murray, c2004
ISBN: 9780719561863
0719561868
Branch Call Number: FIC JOR
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,24 cm.

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