10.20.2008

Book Review: The Girl With No Shadow

The Girl With No Shadow by Joanne Harris

This is the sequel to Chocolat, Harris' 1999 novel (and charming film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), which continues the story of Vianne and Anouk, and the newest addition to the family: 4-year old Rosette.

Vianne and her family have left the small village, and now are opening a chocolate shop in Montmarte (In Paris), though the sparkle seems to have gone out of Vianne, and there is no sign of Roux, and just when things seem a bit dim...the wind blows in Zozie, a new shop assistant.

But Zozie is not what she seems...

But are Vianne, Anouk, Rosette and their friends able to overcome that which holds them back, harness magic again, and right their lives? Only time will tell...

Harris' prose is truly lovely and transports the reader right into the streets of Paris, to the smells of chocolate, and to the feeling of magic being worked all around as the story unfolds and told from three voices: Vianne, Zozie and Anouk. Though there is a sense of foreboding pervading much of the novel, it's an engaging, beautifully written novel that will leave you cheering until the end - and perhaps believing in magic again. ;-)

Highly, highly recommended if you loved Chocolat...

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