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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Henning Mankell' s books have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. In The Shadow Girls, author/poet Jesper Humlin struggles under the pall of a frustrating life. Everything from his personal relationships to his professional pursuits to his finances seems to be failing miserably. Then Jesper happens across a group of young immigrant girls and their stories of hardship and perseverance transform his outlook on life.
©2001 Henning Mankell (P)2012 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Eileen on 05-24-13

Not his best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend to a friend because there are too many other books I liked better than this one.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character's 87-year-old mother was a real kick. She did and said what she liked.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the main character realized what his mother did for a living.

Did The Shadow Girls inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to feel guilty.

Any additional comments?

When I finally realized what the book was really about, I was about a third through it, and it was sure tedious getting there. The main character is no Kurt Wallander, but he eventually shines through with admirable qualities. Overall, I think Mankell was preaching to the reader. The story is exquisitely sad.

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