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Eleven-year-old Maya Devine has grown up with a warped view of reality. For one, she sees colour around peoples bodies and can sometimes hear whats going on inside their heads. These insights make everyone a bit more interesting, but the one person shell never figure out is her mother. Marigold has never been like other moms, but still, Maya sometimes feels like she is all she has.

When Marigold is diagnosed with cancer and vows to spend her final days in the teepee shes set up in the backyard, Mayas life quickly becomes unbearable. Neighbours and strangers, believing Marigold a prophet, camp out in the front yard, and Mayas father grows ever more distant. Thankfully Maya has Corey Hart, from whose pouty lips “Never Surrender” seems to issue for her and her alone. But Marigolds death leaves questions unanswered, and there are some wrongs that even Corey Hart cant right.

Moving from mid-1980s Saskatoon to the Indian countryside almost a decade later, Girl in Shades follows Mayas search for her mother, her father, and above all, herself. Sweetly funny and deeply perceptive, Girl in Shades offers a fresh take on what it is to grow up and discover who you really are.

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