The Little Shadows (Doubleday Canada, 2011) is an entertaining, coming-of-age saga of three sisters, Aurora, Clover, and Bella, working for their supper on the vaudeville circuit circa 1912 with their widowed mother. Aside from simply being a good story, there were three things I particularly enjoyed about The Little Shadows.
This is a coming-of-age story about women rather than men, which is still a literary rarity. When it begins, the emphasis is on the sisters' act, how they function as one, as their survival depends upon its success. But as they mature, they become individuals as artists and women. The joy of the plot is tracing the development of their characters and how their talents shape them to be the women they become.