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The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
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Jul 16, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 2012

This was a lovely, lyrical and entertaining novel about 3 sisters who join the Vaudeville circuit as singers and dancers in pre-WW1 Canada and the US under the tutelage of their mother, a retired performer herself. Beginning when they are between 9 and 15 years of age, we watch them strive to break into the business while contending with poverty, winter and the perils of being young women in the ambiguous social situation of stage performers. Over the course of the novel we see the girls grow up, form relationships with the other performers they meet on the road, learn their craft and try new art forms, struggle to maintain their dignity and that of their families and of the friends they make on the circuit. Through it all, the bonds of sisterhood and of the stage support them as their lives change and as the war begins to overshadow their world.

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message 1: by Janet (new) - added it

Janet Berkman I heard Endicott read from this book last Fall at some awards event and thought it sounded lovely. And then I forgot about it! Must try and find a copy.

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