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Ellie and the Shadow Man

by Maurice Gee

Beginning in the 1950s, this is an understated tale of a girl growing to womanhood. Reared in a one parent family after the death of her father and struggling to find what she wants to do with her life, she now finds herself a single parent.

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Ellie saw where she lived - the whole wide high place where she lived: city, harbour, mountains, sky - and suddenly it seemed natural, Dolores going away, and everything that happened, natural, held between water and sky like things in a bowl. People shifted, rearranged themselves, then changed again, making different patterns and different stories ....

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