The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel

The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel

by Joanne Harris
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The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel by Joanne Harris

The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher's every move, buffeting her from the 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. But the weather vane soon turns, and Zozie de l'Alba blows into their lives. Charming and enigmatic, Zozie provides the brightness that Yanne's life needs—as her vivacity and bold lollipop shoes dazzle rebellious and impressionable preadolescent Anouk. But beneath their new friend's benevolent façade lies a ruthless treachery—for devious, seductive Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061431630
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 258,286
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

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Vovo More than 1 year ago
I will admit, I was a little sceptical about The Girl with No Shadow as I am sceptical about all sequels. For months, I debated actually allowing myself to read this new fairytale by Joanne Harris. As with most arguements with myself, I won and decided to give the book a try. I am now so marvelously glad that I read it! It was sensational, or, should I say in the words of Zozie de l'Alba, "fabulous." It was just like reading Chocolat, except that it was longer, with darker, more mystical dessert-like pages. I found myself actually holding it in front of me while I excercized, while I ate, and even while I worked (don't tell!) If you loved Chocolat, if you loved Roux, if you loved Vianne, if you loved Pantoufle, and if you love an irrestible pair of red shoes, please do yourself an indulging favor and buy this book! Joanne Harris will not let you down.
illustrator-wannabe More than 1 year ago
Excellent story had you guessing at times how the story would twist. A bit getting used to the three voices --afterward understood their indvidual viewpoints. Stayed up until 4:30 in the morning to finish the last 2 chapters--couldn't put it down. Sad to have finished it but will reread it again--a bit later to pick other clues. Loved Chocolat --first saw the movie and then the book--very satisfying translation and of course could picture Johny Depp as the perfert Roux
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sequel to Chocolat. If you enjoy the fantasy of bells, charms and magic, you'll enjoy this little piece of a chocolate read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joanne Harris's novel 'Chocolat' was a successful book-to-movie endeavor. In 'The Girl With No Shadow', Harris strikes another high note following Vianne Rocher and her two daughters Anouk and Rosette into the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. Taking on a new identity as Yanne Charbonneau, Vianne opens a chocolaterie on Montmartre street, renting the space as well as the apartment above it. Entering the threesome's life is 'charming and enigmatic' Zozie de l'Alba, who is at first a 'breath of fresh air' however, as time passes the friendship becomes tainted, revealing oddities about Zozie, and the revealing on intentions to 'face another witch [Yanne] in her home ground, ¿ collect her life¿ add it to my [her] charm bracelet'. The chapters alternate with narrations by Vianne/Yanne, Anouk, and Zozie. The progress of the base staff is enhanced by scenes of Zozie's difficulties at school -- her difference from classmates, while youngster Rosette 'speaks' through a sign language all her own, drawing pictures that are crude but 'oddly alive¿managing to convey facial expressions with only a couple strokes of the pen.' Wealthy Thierry le Tresser, owner of the rented building, offers romance as he falls 'head over heels' for Yanne and shy Alice connects with Fat Nico, while the stoic Madame Luzeron comes in each day with her canine to purchase certain delicacies in the same amount each time. An ultimate read for chocolate lovers and of the works of Joanne Harris, 'The Girl With No Shadow' is a must- not-to-be-missed read, to be savored along with the cast members, especially those who 'cast' a little magic here and there to enrich people's lives. Harris delightfully delves into the nature of the characters, providing descriptive insight to surroundings and day-to-day actions, flowing as lyrical prose, not wanting to be in a rush to read, not to miss each tasty morsel of words, phrasings, and conjuring of spells. Gentle yet compelling script keeps the reader intrigued¿ ¿The gardens are crisp and bright¿ pebbled with sunlight beneath a kaleidoscope of autumn leaves.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up and read the first page before purchasing. I was hooked. Took the book home and have not put it down - only to sleep! I cannot believe how well written it is. The characters come to life and you don't want the story to end. I did not read 'Chocolat', but I will read it immediately upon finishing 'the girl with no shadow'
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over four years have passed since Vianne Rocher got into a local brawl over the sale of her special chocolate confections declared as contraband by the Lansquenet, France clergy during Lent (see CHOCOLAT). Tired of the sweet war, Vianne repudiated the magic part of her recipe, changed her name to Yanne Charbonneau and seeking security, accompanied by her two daughters, teenage Anouk and infant Rosette, moved to Montmartre in Paris where she opened up a more mundane chocolaterie.---------------- However, Yanne begins to understand the curse of motherhood as she wants her children safe, but Anouk rebels. Zozie de l'Alba obtains a job at Yanne¿s Paris store, but soon Anouk is enchanted by the newcomer. Worried for her child, she has doubts about Zozie¿s intentions Yanne returns to her past as Vianne. She needs to use her magic to keep Anouk safe and to generate a special chocolate concoction but since it is Advent season the righteous frowns on her sweet creations.------------ This sequel continues the adventures of everyone¿s favorite confectionaire (outside of perhaps Willie Wonka) who has become a die hard conformist out of fear for her daughters until forced out of fear for her oldest child to be a born again magician. The story line rotates perspective between Zozie, Yanne and Anouk while once again a major religious season is in the background causing problems for the non-conformist heroine. Readers will appreciate this strong tale with implications in today¿s world the story line focuses on the problems of fighting evil when the good side gives up its moral high road behaving more malevolent based on the end justifies the mean.---------- Harriet Klausner
Candelize More than 1 year ago
Usually when a great story's sequal always turns out bad, but Joanne Harris really stayed true to the characters we loved such as Vianne, Anouk and Roux as well as introducing some new characters that you'd want as friends in real life. Weaving a magical tale while making you hungry for anything chocolate, this sequal is a definite winner.
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LitLoversLane More than 1 year ago
How I ended up between its sheets: My friend loaned me a book that turned out to be not just the 2nd, but the 3rd in author Joanne Harris’ Chocolat series. That was too much for me to take, so I bought the first two.   What stimulated me: The continuation of Vianne’s story.     -  The themes: fear which leads to half lives, conformity which leads to half selves, family which is by choice not blood.     -  The book is not simply a Chocolat rehash, but has a completely different, darker feel. I really appreciate the risk author Joanne Harris took.     -  More about Vianne’s past is revealed.     -  Like Chocolat, the story is told in alternating voices. This time it’s Vianne, Anouk, and Zozie. I like these different perspectives.     -  The magic is more out there and explicit in this book rather than merely alluded to.   What turned me off (but only the teeniest bit):     -  Vianne’s complete and prolonged loss of vitality, colors, and sunny personality. I kept mentally slapping her upside the head and yelling, “Snap out of it!”     -  The locals were not as full-bodied, quirky, and likable as in Chocolat’s Lansquenet.     -  Would have liked Zozie’s evil to have unfolded naturally rather than knowing from book blurb her true nature.     -  Alternating story voices were sometimes confusing as to who was narrating.     -  The middle of the book dragged a bit.
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...and this book does not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who liked Chocolat. Easy read, wonderful characters and I especially love the chocolate!
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Susan Attili More than 1 year ago
Well written. The characters seemed compelling enough to keep reading but if you saw the movie Chocolat, the plot is very similar.
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Philip Herendeen More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and I like the author' s style of writing. But I like the Inheritence series or the Hunger Games better.
KellyAnn More than 1 year ago
Once I got into this book (it has a slightly different tone that Chocolat) I couldn't put it down! Once again, the characters pulled me in.
JacqueNY More than 1 year ago
I like the style of her writing. It is unusual, but keeps your interest. It's a good story, to follow "Chocolate".