Shadow Shapes: A Novel
Paperback, 255 Pages
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By the mid-nineties, the AIDS pandemic had claimed the lives of half a million people in the US alone. Being infected with HIV still meant a certain slow-moving death, a fact almost forgotten now that sophisticated treatments abound. This book is dedicated to the families of those who died, and to the long-term survivors in our midst.
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Sep 27, 2011Marlies Parent has a natural talent for words, surmounting the obstacle that English has been her second language. She has the insight of a therapist, the passion of a poet, the knowledge of an academic, and the faith of a deeply religious person. All these things come into play in this novel, whose characters are drawn with such humanity and color, that we know them intimately and care about them deeply. Marlies gives us a profound understanding not only of the Aids patients, but also of the care givers who try to help, and their own personal needs, both to give, to love, and to receive. This is an immensely illuminating book, and a totally compelling and satisfying read.
Nov 21, 2010Marlies Parent the author, has an unusual talent with words creating lifelike characters and colorful scenes as her novel creation comes alive. It was almost as if these characters were your friends. The story lends a feeling of being actively present, empathizing with the characters, personally coming up with solutions to their issues, actually wanting to participate in the outcome. The reader is able to step into and out of the role of the distinct characters by the author’s unique description of each. You must read this awesome novel in order to gain the experience that is hard to describe; the feeling of actually being there and removing yourself from the reality of your own world.
Nov 19, 2010Shadow Shapes review—by Randall Saunders, M.A. What do people in the so-called Helping Professions do all day? How do they do it? Do they hold some secret formula for coping while trying to heal people's bodies, hearts and minds? Are they saviors? Do they make mistakes? In Marlies Parent's Shadow Shapes you can walk alongside three women as they work with an AIDS patient-- a nurse, a psychotherapist and a pastoral counselor. You get close enough to hear them breathe, watch them eat, sleep and wake, have their morning coffee. You may see them collide head-on with colleagues, friends, family members and with their own unresolved issues. You experience them move toward progress, stumble, then get up and return to their often stressful, sometimes sad, cruel role of striving to bring a life shadowed by illness back into the light of day. It’s worth the walk.
Nov 18, 2010Shadow Shapes is a tender and compelling account of lives caught up in the Aids epidemic. Jeremy, a young and charming Aids patient, completely entrances and stirs up feelings in the two women who minister to him. Maddie, his nurse awakens to a spiritual love for him, while Elsie, his therapist, finds herself grappling with long-ago feelings of guilt and sadness. Told with insight and compassion, each woman copes with finding resolution. A resident minister adds spirituality and help along the way. Beautifully crafted, the story is thought provoking with evocations of Elsie's life in Germany. Altogether, Shadow Shapes makes for reflective and memorable reading
Nov 14, 2010The author of this wonderfully sensitive book has an artist's eye for the telling detail as well as a knack for setting a scene and creating a mood with a few masterful strokes. She also has that rare ability to create distinct characters. Each one seems fully realized and not merely the same person speaking several different scripts. The language and tone is appropriate to each. The structure--the form--of the book as a whole is very carefully and effectively done as well, with smooth transitioning from one character's perspective to another character's perspective. Very little waste of words. She makes excellent use of what I'd call "foils," characters in similar situations behaving in different ways, a dramatic way of developing both characters without resort to telling or explaining. I don't want to give away the plot but I will mention that the author does a marvelous job of dramatizing unreasonable jealousy of a kind that many readers will be able to identify with.... More > SHADOW SHAPES is a real page-turner and would be an excellent choice for someone looking for a book for a discussion group.< Less
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- Marlies Parent (Standard Copyright License)
- February 11, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.97 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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