The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)
Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe.
Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet; no red sachets by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air. Conformity brings with it anonymity—and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to care for Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns . . . and into their lives blows the charming, enigmatic—and devious—Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.
“A mouth-watering experience.”
“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.”
“A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale--very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up.”
“Engaging...colorful...Readers will savor every bite of Harris’ sensuous tale about the dark arts, dark chocolate, and lives both bitter and sweet.”
“Readers will drink up this pleasurable tale of love. Highly recommended.”
“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.”
“[A] seductive sequel.”
“[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.”
“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.”
“Magic and fantasy are at the heart of this fascinating fairy tale for adults.”
“[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.”
“A rich, dark confection.”