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Shadow Man

Cynthia D. Grant

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ISBN 10: 0689317727 / ISBN 13: 9780689317729
Published by Atheneum, 1992
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Title: Shadow Man

Publisher: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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The tragic death of eighteen-year-old Gabriel McCloud is revealed through the memories of family and friends--including his pregnant girlfriend Jennie, who recalls their fights over Gabe's drinking, and a teacher who bemoans the waste of a talented young life.

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Grade 7-10-- From its dark, inappropriately menacing cover to its cast of dysfunctional, emotionally crippled voices (one can hardly call them characters), Grant's disappointing novel describes the aftershocks of the sudden, violent death of a teenager. Gabe McCloud, a high school drop-out alcoholic from an abusive family, drives his truck at high speed into a tree after a night of heavy drinking. Jennie, Gabe's pregnant girlfriend, runs off to their special place where she can think about him and their troubled relationship, and contemplate her own suicide. Her musings, the reflections of family and friends, and entries from Gabe's nearly illiterate journal put forth the bleak landscape of his life. Readers are left with two unrelenting questions: how did this boy survive for 18 years, and what is the point? If Grant is trying to create an abysmal, hopeless scenario so other teens will be grateful for their own paltry miseries, then she has succeeded. While she tries for a not-so-subtle upswing at the end, it's just one more element that doesn't work. Even those who seek out this kind of tearjerker will be disappointed by the lack of substance here. In Peck's Remembering the Good Times (Delacorte, 1985) and Irwin's So Long at the Fair (McElderry, 1988), richly crafted language, humor, and believable relationships bring to life those who commit suicide. Those elements are missing in this title. --Alice Casey Smith, Chappaqua Library, NY
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