Marina Endicott presents the three graceful Avery girls the sister act to take vaudeville by storm starring: Aurora, Clover and Bella.
As they set off on the road to fame and fortune, the Avery sisters join a cast of extraordinary and unforgettable characters - charming charlatans, unpredictable eccentrics, and some who seem ordinary but have magical gifts.
Taking us behind the curtain and into their lives, "The Little Shadows" reveals how the art of vaudeville - in all its variety, madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow - echoes the art of life itself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 06/09/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099558637
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Review by Sakerfalcon
This Canadian novel tells of three sisters working in Vaudeville before and during WWI. It's a fascinating and well-researched look into a world that is both colourful and dark. Aurora, Clover and Bella are very young when the book opens and despite their mother's chaperonage, they are vulnerable to sexual and economic exploitation. But there are plenty of people to help them out too and even when things get very bleak their determination and grit keeps them going. I really enjoyed this book; there is plenty of drama and many larger than life characters, but it never goes over the top or wallows in melodrama. The sisters are quite different in personality but all are likeable and easy to empathise with, and the genuine love they share for each other is good to see when so many authors prefer to put women at odds with each other.