In this sequel to Harris's 1977 New York Times best-selling novel Chocolat (which also found life as a popular film featuring Johnny Depp), Anouk and her mother, Vianne, return to Montmartre, to live above their Parisian chocolate shop. Vianne has given up magic and changed her name to Yanne; still a single mom, she now also has a four-year-old daughter named Rosette, who does not speak. Roux, Rosette's father, has had no contact with Yanne since she resettled in Paris. This modern-day tale involves identity theft, preadolescent anxiety, a special-needs child, and a marriage of convenience, as well as lots of chocolate. Yanne, who has fallen on hard times, dresses in dark colors, suppressing her talent for magic and selling chocolates from her Montmartre storefront. Eleven-year-old Anouk, now called Annie, has started secondary school, where her schoolmates torment and bully her for being different and wearing the wrong clothes. Zozie, a charming, gifted young woman who inexplicably shows up one day and volunteers to help in Yanne's store, has worked her way into every aspect of Yanne's and her daughters' lives and generally makes herself indispensable. The characters are well drawn, and the apprehension among them leads to a climactic ending on Christmas Eve. Performed by Susanna Burney, this novel includes drama, romance, comedy, the supernatural, and adventure. Recommended. [Also available as downloadable audio from Audible.com.--Ed.]--Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A rich, dark confection." -- Christian Science Monitor on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[B]eguilingly tasty. -- Richmond Times-Dispatch on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "A mouth-watering experience." -- Sunday Times (London) on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[A] seductive sequel." -- Good Housekeeping on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "Harris gives fans much to savor in this multilayered novel, from the descriptions (including Yanne's mouthwatering chocolate confections, Zozie's whimsical footwear and Anouk's artistic efforts) to the novel's classic, enduring theme of good vs. evil-and the difficulty of telling the difference."--Publishers Weekly on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale--very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up."--Kirkus Reviews on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "A rich, dark confection."--Christian Science Monitor on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "Harris once again delivers a delicious urban fairy tale, where killer shoes and Aztec myths battle it out with true love and the seductive power of chocolate."--Daily Mail (London) on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[A] seductive sequel."--Good Housekeeping on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[B]eguilingly tasty.--Richmond Times-Dispatch on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "Engaging...colorful...Readers will savor every bite of Harris' sensuous tale about the dark arts, dark chocolate, and lives both bitter and sweet."--Booklist, on THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[A] provocative sequel to Chocolat, all the sensuous delights from the chocolaterie and the magic of signs, spells and cantrips are revisited...We are held bewitched on a thrilling ride."--Louisville Courier Journal on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "The fairy tale that Joanne Harris began years ago in Chocolat continues in The Girl With No Shadow, though the taste of this new novel is far more bittersweet...enticing."--Daily News (New York) on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "A mouth-watering experience."--Sunday Times (London) on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "[A] sweetly enthralling sequel to her 1999 hit, Chocolat...Harris serves up a darkly delightful novel that could as easily be sold in a confectionery as a bookstore."--USA Today on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "Magic and fantasy are at the heart of this fascinating fairy tale for adults."--Deseret News on GIRL WITH NO SHADOW "Readers will drink up this pleasurable tale of love. Highly recommended."--Library Journal, Starred Review, on THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW