The Shadow Year

Jeffrey Ford, Author . Morrow $25.95 (289p) ISBN 978-0-06-123152-0

In Edgar-winner Ford’s disappointing sixth novel, the narrator—a nameless boy growing up on suburban Long Island in the mid-1960s—spends what remains of his summer vacation roaming the neighborhood with his older brother, Jim. At home, money is tight, forcing their father to work three jobs while their mother drinks herself to sleep every night. A prowler may be loose on the streets, and the narrator and Jim see a menacing man in a white car lurking near their house and school. When a local boy disappears soon after school starts, the narrator and Jim are sure “Mr. White” is responsible. They turn to their younger sister, Mary, for help, after she mysteriously moves figurines in the boys’ model town, reflecting events before they’ve occurred. The stage is set for suspense, yet Ford (The Girl in the Glass ) deflates it at every opportunity with his unresolved subplots. Instead of building to a thrilling climax, the story peters out and loose ends are either forgotten or tied up too neatly. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/21/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
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