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The Shadow Girls

Mankell, Henning (eBook - 2012 )
The Shadow Girls
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Jesper Humlin is a poet of middling acclaim who is saddled by his underwhelming book sales, an exasperated girlfriend, a demanding mother, and a rapidly fading tan. His boy-wonder stockbroker has squandered Humlin's investments, and his editor, who says he must write a crime novel to survive, begins to pitch and promote the nonexistent book despite Humlin's emphatic refusals. Then, when he travels to Gothenburg to give a reading, he finds himself thrust into an entirely different world, where names shift, stories overlap, and histories are both deeply secret and in profound need of retelling. Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag, who is from Africa but claims to be from Kurdistan (because Kurds might receive preferential treatment as refugees) these are the shadow girls who become Humlin's unlikely pupils in impromptu writing workshops. Though he had imagined their stories as fodder for his own book, soon their intertwining lives require him to play a much different role.
Authors: Mankell, Henning, 1948-
Uniform Title: Tea-bag. English
Title: The shadow girls
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Publisher: New York : New Press, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (329 p.)
Summary: Jesper Humlin is a poet of middling acclaim who is saddled by his underwhelming book sales, an exasperated girlfriend, a demanding mother, and a rapidly fading tan. His boy-wonder stockbroker has squandered Humlin's investments, and his editor, who says he must write a crime novel to survive, begins to pitch and promote the nonexistent book despite Humlin's emphatic refusals. Then, when he travels to Gothenburg to give a reading, he finds himself thrust into an entirely different world, where names shift, stories overlap, and histories are both deeply secret and in profound need of retelling. Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag, who is from Africa but claims to be from Kurdistan (because Kurds might receive preferential treatment as refugees) these are the shadow girls who become Humlin's unlikely pupils in impromptu writing workshops. Though he had imagined their stories as fodder for his own book, soon their intertwining lives require him to play a much different role.
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1595588442
9781595588449
Statement of Responsibility: Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg
Subject Headings: Göteborg (Sweden) Fiction FICTION / General Writers' workshops Sweden Göteborg Fiction Refugees Sweden Göteborg Fiction Poets Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: FICTION General
Writers' workshops
Refugees
Poets
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Mankell, Henning, 1948- Tea-bag. English. Shadow girls. New York : New Press, 2012 9781595581921 (DLC) 2012017687 (OCoLC)778420274
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