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The Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting, highly praised novel, his first in ten years. Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy, an actress who is murdered in the opening scene of the book, Shade tells the story of two pairs of siblings growing up in Ireland in the first half of the century. Through a childhood that memory gives the luster of romance and the tragedy that strikes as the children reach adolescence and the two boys leave for the Great War, these unforgettable characters reach the 1950s to play their roles in a murder ultimately revealed as the opposite of the senseless crime it seems. Neil Jordan is the award-winning writer and director of such films as Mona Lisa, The End of the Affair, and The Crying Game, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1993. He is also the author of three previous novels-The Past, The Dream of a Beast, and Sunrise with Sea Monster-and a short-story collection, Night in Tunisia. "It's a fabulous prologue, rich enough to taste, and Jordan maintains the same vivid narration throughout. . . A dreamy, sensuous, and deeply engaging tale worthy of the best Irish fiction."-Baltimore Sun "Atmospheric and filled with memorable images."-New Yorker "A dreamy and elegant period novel. . . like a good film noir. . . This tale of complex longing and doomed desire is hard to resist; Jordan's vivid imagination and exquisite craftsmanship light up the page as they do the screen."-Seattle Times "The ways in which the children's maturing love for each other plays out are unpredictable-sometimes staggering-and the final revelations, years later, before George raises the garden shears, will bring a gasp of shock or admiration from even the most worldly reader. . . Very few novels improve dramatically at the halfway point, and fewer still surge into brilliance in their final pages."-Los Angeles Times "Astoni Seduces readers with the first sentence. . . Far from a filmmaker moonlighting as a fiction writer, he's a novelist at the top of his craft.-People (four stars).

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        August 30, 2004
        Elegantly sober narration from beyond the grave ("George killed me with his gardening shears.... He held the shears to my neck in the glasshouse, and with quite spectacular clumsiness opened a moonlike gash on my throat") distinguishes this ghost story from novelist and Oscar-winning filmmaker (The Crying Game
        ) Jordan. His gloomy tale, spanning the first half of the 20th century, begins where the story ends: Nina Hardy is murdered by her childhood friend, George, now the gardener on the estate where she spent her youth. The rest of the book looks backward, as Nina reflects on her life and the lives of her half-brother Gregory, George and George's sister, Janie. The familiar, theatrical plot—with its traumas of unrequited love across class lines, incestuous longings, war—is secondary to Nina's voice: "I am everywhere being nowhere, the narrative sublime...." Her ghostly omniscience leads to echoing motifs, including drowned women, pendulums, dolls and childhood accidents, in "a shifting, uncertain world, where each question could be referred to an entity that wasn't there," even as the reasons behind the murder become more unsettlingly clear. Nina's ghost sometimes takes a backseat to stretches of exposition from less engaging characters, and the novel as a whole can feel dreamily disjointed. Such lapses are forgiven, though, in this otherwise daring and well-crafted whole. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. BOMC and Doubleday Book Club selection; 5-city author tour.

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        September 15, 2004
        This fourth novel by award-winning writer and film director Jordan is as cryptic as his Oscar-winning The Crying Game. Set in Ireland, it begins with a brutal murder and continues with the story of four characters, alternating between past and present and including the voice of the murder victim until the story culminates in a gasp-out-loud ending, for which Jordan is known. The two male protagonists, Gregory and George, give vivid descriptions of World War I battles, from which George emerges physically and emotionally scarred. Nina, the "shade," tells of her career as an actress, while Janie is left behind in Ireland to hold together the pieces of their joint past. Jordan's prose is dramatic, poetic, and surprising by turns. Recommended for large public libraries. Karen Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY

        Copyright 2004 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 1, 2004
        Jordan's latest novel is a lyrical experiment in point of view. It begins with actress Nina Hardy's death--her head hacked off with garden shears, her body lowered into a septic tank. But Nina remains, narrating as a ghost. She is everywhere and nowhere, and to her, the past is as immediate as the present. During her privileged childhood, she forms a fast foursome with George and Janie, poor kids from across the river Boyne, and Gregory, her late-discovered half brother. (The children shiver at a ghostly presence they call "Hester"--is it Nina, looking back?) They're soon separated by class and ability, by war, by brutally punished mistakes. In the present, Gregory returns to hold a funeral and wake the body that was never found. It's not surprising that Jordan, writer and director of " The Crying Game" and " Michael Collins" , would have a lot to say about identity and sexuality, acting and observing, and politics. But as this quiet novel steps surely toward its powerful conclusion, it's also a testament to the simple but profound power of storytelling. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2004, American Library Association.)

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