Winner of the Minnesota Book Award, author Alison McGhee pens tales shimmering with shrewd truth and wild imaginings. In this moving novel, she tells of the growing friendship between two oddly matched people as they share their very different world. With a missing father, sister, and grandfather--and a mother who refuses to explain--11-year-old Clara lives with many questions. When she begins interviewing an elderly immigrant for a school biography assignmnent, she learns he too has a shadowy past. Attempting to fill in gaps, Clara invents version upon version of stories for both her new friend and herself. As the tales evolve, she uncovers some unsettling family history, but most importantly, she begins to discover what matters most in life. Filled with small surprises, Shadow Baby is at turns funny, poignant, and heartwarming. Narrator Christina Moore provides the perfect voice for the young heroine who is wise beyond her years, but in many ways still a child.
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"While you know from the jacket photo and tonal quality of her voice that Christina Moore is an adult, her performance of 12-year-old Clara winter (who "always" spells her name with a small "w") is totally, convincingly childlike. Clara's single mother has refused to tell her about her father, grandfather, and baby sister, leaving the precocious preteen obsessed with learning about her past. A growing friendship with an elderly immigrant helps, if not to find the answers, at least to learn which questions are really important. Moore jumps effortlessly from Clara's first-person narration to the characters of her mother, the immigrant, and a number of lesser players. Her mastery of the speech patterns of the young, however, makes this book an unqualified award winner. R.P.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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