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Shade and Light

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The effects of World War II resonate through the lives of two families--one American and one European--living outside of Boston. As Jenny grows up in the shadow of her parents' dark experiences in Trieste during the war, she is pulled to the haunting art and ironic gaze of her next-door neighbor Jonas, whose own father, preparing for deployment as an army medic, died ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 26th 2018 by Portmay Press
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Jena Henry
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you visit an art gallery or museum, how do you view the drawings and paintings? Do you view them with the mind of a reader and thinker, or through the eye of an artist? This book will help you see art and life through your mind and through your eyes.

Author Maryann D'Agincourt writes in the unique literary genre of Art Fiction. Shade and Light is the fifth work of fiction in her Art Fiction series. I had never heard of art fiction, so that is why I chose to read this book.

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Bonnye Reed
GNAB An interesting look at the lives of families affected by personal travails in Trieste during World War II, and the personality quirks and insecurities that carry back to those experiences. Jenny was born in the US after her parents immigrated, but Eric still carried the darkness within despite his years in America. Even Jonas, a several generation American, finds his life marred by the fact that his father died - of an illness before he was shipped overseas to fight in the war. The effects ...more
Trisa Hugo
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The echoes of the past resonate through the lives of two families living in Boston. The secrets of the past where one family was helped by the other in Trieste, are never revealed, yet the threads of it are woven through their lives. It is a slow and easy read, not much happening. The reader stays an outsider, much like the characters themselves.

Jonas sketches Jenny and the final product resembled his aunt Belinda, who was the only one telling him some of the history of the two families. Jonas
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from and the publisher, St. Martin's Press. Thanks to both for the opportunity to read and review. Bethlehem is set during the steel boom of Pennsylvania. It spans 2 very similar decades in American history, the 1920s and 1960s. It is a story of family and coming to understand the people in our family and ourselves in the process. A fast paced tale that moves flawlessly between decades, not a word is wasted on bringing to life a ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced digital copy of this book from and the publisher. Thanks to both for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Ms. D'Agincourt has written a beautiful book that is full of descriptive prose that fills your head with imagery as you read it. Ultimately it is a story about family and love and loss.

4 out of 5 stars.
Helen Manoli
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy of the book through netgalley,would also like to thank the publishers for this.
The title of the book is very appropriate,as the characters also move from light to dark,secrets untold but understood,duty and debt to be paid by the main character to Eric gor helping her parents.The after effects of war that effects the next generation moving from the dark to light.
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Maryann D'Agincourt, the author of National Book Award-nominated Journal of Eva Morelii, All Most, and Glimpses of Gauguin, was born in Boston, MA. An alumna of Simmons College, she has earned two graduate degrees in English literature, and studied in the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. She has written design columns for a regional newspaper in the Connecticut Valley, and has had short stories ...more