The Shadow Girls: A Novel

The Shadow Girls: A Novel

Henning Mankell


Jesper Humlin is a poet of middling acclaim who's saddled through his underwhelming e-book revenues, an exasperated female friend, a tough mom, and a speedily fading tan. His boy-wonder stockbroker has squandered Humlin’s investments, and his editor, who says he needs to write a criminal offense novel to outlive, starts off to pitch and advertise the nonexistent e-book regardless of Humlin’s emphatic refusals. Then, whilst he travels to Gothenburg to offer a interpreting, he unearths himself thrust into a wholly diverse international, the place names shift, tales overlap, and histories are either deeply mystery and in profound want of retelling.

Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag, who's from Africa yet claims to be from Kurdistan (because Kurds may well obtain preferential remedy as refugees)—these are the shadow women who turn into Humlin’s not likely scholars in impromptu writing workshops. even though he had imagined their tales as fodder for his personal booklet, quickly their intertwining lives require him to play a far various role.

Offering either astonishing humor and heartbreaking moments, The Shadow Girls is a triumph that would please longtime fanatics of Mankell in addition to readers new to his work.

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