The effects of World War II resonate through the lives of two families – one American and one European – living outside of Boston. As Jenny grows up in the shadow of her parents’ dark experiences in Trieste during the war, she is pulled to the haunting art and ironic gaze of her next-door neighbor Jonas, whose own father, preparing for deployment as an army medic, died before he was born. But when the mysterious Eric Stram enters her life unexpectedly, she learns how her parents’ past is not behind them but will continue to push her life in unforeseen – and possibly unwanted – directions. From the author of Journal of Eva Morelli, this poignant tale of the echoes of the past and the complications of the present explores the tensions between duty to family, and the desires of the individual, and the striking way that art can draw disparate lives together. Shade and Light resonates as an American rendition of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend: Neopolitan Novels.
D’Agincourt writes in the unique literary genre of art fiction. SHADE and LIGHT is the fifth work of fiction in Maryann D’Agincourt’s Art Fiction series. What is Art Fiction? Maryann D’Agincourt has merged her passions for art and literature into a unique and powerful form of storytelling. Art Fiction is a literary genre in which art is not solely an object, but is a reflection of what is human in all of us.