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Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee
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May 22, 2010

really liked it
Read from October 04 to 13, 2010

Good book---such excellent writing, and the main character's voice was so compelling. Yes, another narrative from a precocious 11-year-old. But this story kind of blew me out of the water. Clara winter (she insists on a lowercase pronunciation of her last name) lives with her single mother and makes friends with Georg (NOT "George" she reminds people. He's an immigrant and his name is Georg), an elderly man who is a tinsmith living in a trailer home. She befriends him ostensibly to interview him for a school project, but mostly to have a friend. Georg teaches her to find beauty in the world, and this quiet and amazing book shows how Clara seeks out what she needs in the world when she can't get it from the people who owe it to her.

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10/06/2010 page 40
10/11/2010 page 66
26.0% "Oh my God this book is taking me forever!"

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