The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)

By Joanne Harris
Publisher:William Morrow, (4/8/2008)

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4.67 out of 5 (3 Clubie's ratings)

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Note: The Girl with No Shadow was published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Hailed as an "irresistible confection" (Entertainment Weekly), "as sweet, rich and utterly satisfying as a fine truffle" (Wall Street Journal), and "an amazement of riches" (New York Times), Chocolat won the hearts of readers and critics everywhere. At last, Joanne Harris returns with The Girl with No Shadow, an exquisite treat that continues the story that began in her international bestseller.

Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from place to place, from the small 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 the baby, Rosette, safe.

Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet: no red sachets hang by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air; no Indian skirts with bells hang in her closet. Conformity brings with it anonymity— and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to take care of Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious and restless Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns . . . and into their lives blows the charming and enigmatic Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.

Zozie offers the brightness Yanne's life needs. Anouk, too, is dazzled by this vivacious woman with the lollipop-red shoes who seems to understand her better than anyone— especially her mother. Yet this friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious, and seductive, Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice: Run, as she has done so many times before, or stand and confront this most dangerous enemy. . . .

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sueroebuck's thoughts on "The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)"
updated on:6/14/2011

This is one of Joanne Harris's best books. It's a sequel to Chocolat but this one is better - the characters are more rounded and there's a delightful, if thrilling, plot.

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Sondra's thoughts on "The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)"
updated on:8/4/2009


Ceci's thoughts on "The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)"
updated on:2/2/2009

Overall: Loved it!! I just love thinking that magic does exist and watching it interweave in the lives of these interesting characters. Better still is sharing their experience and their relationship to their own magic. Likes: How you had no idea who's perspective you were reading from till you were at least a paragraph into each chapter. And how that became actually more difficult as it went. Which I felt was a brilliant way to tell the story. Dislikes: Zozie's true character and back story was a bit out there for even me.


"The Girl with No Shadow (published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes)"
By Joanne Harris

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.67 out of 5 (3 Clubie's ratings)

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 General reading guide discussion questions to be used with ANY book your book club or reading group might be discussing.

1. Joanne Harris has used multiple first person narrators in a number of her previous books. What role do you feel is played in this case by the three person narrative structure?

2. The theme of displacement has been used to effect in Chocolat. In what way is this theme elaborated upon in The Girl with no Shadow?

3. To what extent does the use of Meso American magic and mythology serve to advance the plot of the novel?

4. How is the symbol of the shoe used as an expression of character and identity?

5. The mother-daughter relationship plays a strong part in this novel. To what extent do you feel that this provides the motivation for Vianne's life choices?

6. Vianne Rocher has made a number of sacrifices in order to provide a stable environment for her children. In what way has this affected her personality and behavior?

7. Both Vianne and Anouk seem to be at a point of identity crisis at the beginning of this story. In what sense is this a coming of age novel?

8. In what way does the fact that this novel has three female narrators affect the readers' perception of male/female relationships?

9. Compare and contrast the characters of Thierry and Roux, Vianne's rival admirers. Explain the role of each one in her affections.

10. In what way do you think that Zozie manages to learn so much of the characters of the people around her?

11. How does the return of chocolate making in Vianne's life herald the re-emergence of "the old Vianne"?

12. Perception is an important theme in this novel. In what way does Jean-Loup's hobby of photography tie in with Zozie's technique of seeing reality?

13. In what sense does the urban setting contribute to (or detract from) the idea of a modern fairy tale?

14. To what extent does the time of year in which this story is set make a difference to the tone of the story?

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