"The Little Shadows" tells the story of three sisters making their way in the world of vaudeville before and during the First World War.
Setting off to make their fortune as a singing act after the untimely death of their father, the girls, Aurora, Clover and Bella, are overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama.
The girls begin with little besides youth and hope but evolve into artists as they navigate their way to adulthood among a cast of extraordinary characters - charming charlatans, unpredictable eccentrics, and some who seem ordinary but have magical gifts.
Marina Endicott lures us onto the brightly lit stage and into the little shadows that lurk behind the curtain, and reveals how the art of vaudeville - In all its variety, madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow - echoes the art of life itself.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/02/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780091944278
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Review by julie10reads
The Little Shadows follows three sisters into the backstage world of Polite Vaudeville before and during the First World War. Overseen by their fond but barely coping Mama, the sisters (Aurora, Clover and joyous, headstrong Bella) set out to make their living as a singing act after the untimely death of their father. With little in their favour save youth and hope, the sisters navigate their way to adulthood among a cast of extraordinary charmers, charlatans, ruffians and impresarios—and once in a rare while, a true star with transcendent gifts. From the brightly lit stage into the little shadows that lurk behind the curtain, the art of vaudeville—in all its variety, madness, melodrama, hilarity and sorrow—echoes the art of life itself. Summary from marinaendicott.comAn affectionate, detailed look at the entertainment of vaudeville. Yet not strictly a period piece as modern TV and movies are visibly descended from it. As an actor and director, Marina Endicott writes with authenticity about actors and performers, about the roller-coaster life in front of and behind the curtain. This demands to be serialized on PBS! These characters are too rich for the printed word—they are ARTISTES—and we need to see their performances! Read The Little Shadows and cast it yourself!8.5 out of 10. Recommended to theatre aficionados, history buffs and fans of Marina Endicott.