The Little Shadows
The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott is set in WW1 vaudevillian era, as 3 sisters – Aurora, Clover and Bella – travel the US, Canada and for a short time, England, giving the crowds much cheer and merriment at a time when the world needs it most. In this story (527 pages long!) they discover what it truly means to be sisters.
The girls must pretend to be older than they really are in order to dance/act and sing on the touring circuit as its illegal to perform on stage if your under 16 (not to mention doing a skit about kissing! Heaven forbid), they must be modest and “good girls” (even though they are hormonally coming into womanhood), they must always perform no matter what.
I really gravitated towards certain characters in this book and actually wanted to know more about them… I would have liked to have found out what happened to a couple of the characters, as they get written out about 1/2 way through. It was almost like the author got sick of writing about them. My favourite part was when none of the girls told their mother that Aurora was pregnant and she ends up delivering the baby in the greenroom and it being delivered by the psychic from the next dressing room.
I enjoyed this book, but one thing that got to me was the language – it WAS appropriate for the era and I’m sure some people spoke that way but it wasn’t needed. Oh and also it was like the author was showing off that she knew (or researched) so many old time songs. There was line after line of songs and maybe only 2 I knew – it drove me crazy.