The Shades

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      The Shades. By Evgenia Citkowitz. June 2018. 192p. Norton, $25.95 (9780393254129). With a deceptively light touch and an almost ethereal atmosphere, debut novelist Citkowitz (Ether, 2010) delves deeply [...]
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      VISWANATHAN, S. The Shades. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 19–20, p. 36, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
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      Viswanathan S. The Shades. Booklist. 2018;(19-20):36. Accessed January 21, 2020.
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      Viswanathan, S. (2018). The Shades. Booklist, (19–20), 36. Retrieved from
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      Viswanathan, Shoba. 2018. “The Shades.” Booklist.
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      Viswanathan, S. (2018) ‘The Shades’, Booklist, p. 36. Available at: (Accessed: 21 January 2020).
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      Viswanathan, S 2018, ‘The Shades’, Booklist, no. 19–20, p. 36, viewed 21 January 2020, .
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      Viswanathan, Shoba. “The Shades.” Booklist, no. 19–20, 2018, p. 36. EBSCOhost,
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      Viswanathan, Shoba. “The Shades.” Booklist, 2018.
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      Viswanathan S. The Shades. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2020 Jan 21];(19–20):36. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

With a deceptively light touch and an almost ethereal atmosphere, debut novelist Citkowitz (Ether, 2010) delves deeply into themes of loss and grief, reality and illusion, and growth and stagnation. The story of an older couple, Michael and Catherine, London gallery owners coping with the loss of their teenage daughter, is a central plot point.But in some ways that is but an anchor for explorations of a drifting marriage, the guesswork of parenting, and the untethering that seems to be part of the aging process. In the characters of their son, Rowan, and Keira, a young woman who says she used to live in their house and who seems more a figment of Catherine's imagination than a real person, the author creates strong counterpoints to the slightly lost quality of the older couple. As the story unfolds, Citkowitz gently considers the inherent complexities of youth, and nudges readers into confronting the impossibility of certainty. This slender novel is richly layered with meaning and allusions to myth and art that make it an engaging and rewarding read. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 May #2

Citkowitz's ethereal latest (following Ether) dissects the messy tangle of past and present in the aftermath of a young woman's death. A fatal automobile accident involving 16-year-old Rachel and her secret boyfriend fractures the Hall family. Rachel's mother, Catherine, remains in the family's second home in Kent, disengaged from life and her work as a successful art gallery owner until the arrival of a mysterious young woman who claims to have lived in the house as a child. Catherine's growing interest in the stranger after months of depressed detachment heartens her husband, Michael, who has been spending his days and nights in London and yearning for a return to easily connecting with his wife. Their reticent son, Rowan, flees to a remote, liberal boarding school to reshape his life away from his sister's death. His sudden, passionate fixation on the threat of global warming and his decision to drop out of school jolts the family from their long patterns of uncommunicative coexistence. Citkowitz meanders through her scant plot with ample atmospheric detours through the family's past. Her depiction of the delicate, complicated attachment of siblings is particularly touching. The prose sparkles as she unpacks emotional wounds, but the threads of story remain too hazy and incomplete to be fully satisfying. This compact family drama captures the thinly masked desperation of grief with an eerie undercurrent. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.