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"... emotionally effective... heart wrenching... well-told double story..." - Indie Reader - 4.5 Stars
 
"This book is so tender, so raw, and yet indescribably lovely... absolute magic." - San Francisco Book Review - 4.5 Stars
 
"... impressive first novel ... vivid, heartfelt ... a writer of great gift and high promise." - BlueInk

"Exquisitely written, exceptionally engaging, and deeply thoughtful." - ForeWord
 
"Through its wonderful descriptions and complex characterization Shadows & Wings is a book that can make a reader reflect on their influence and their understanding of the world." - Portland Book Review
 
"Shadows & Wings is a well crafted, well written book which engages both emotion and intellect. It has a combination of all the ingredients that make for a best seller." - BlogCritics
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Small House Press (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985842806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985842802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niki Tulk captures your interest from the first moment, her pen touched the paper. The characters are portrayed in a completely realistic fashion, so much so that she reminds us, what it feels like to be a child again walking through tall grasses. Her book is exceptionally well written, and holds your interest making it difficult to stop reading.
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Shadows & Wings is a riveting book in which Niki Tulk tells of a young Australian girl's search to discover the story of her grandfather's life in Germany before he emigrated to Australia after WWII. Moving between present and past, Germany and Australia, and the perspectives of a loving granddaughter and a young man who only wanted to play the cello but was caught up in the sinister sweep of evil, Shadows & Wings is an unflinching portrayal of the human drive to understand, accept responsibility, and forgive.
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There is so much to like about this novel that it is hard to start. The interplay of Lara and her grandfather, their lives, their searches are brilliantly written. There are many times when I reread a phrase or a sentence because of the beauty of the words. For me this is one of those rare books that makes me want to search my past, to find the things that can't be discovered but still wait there. I can only hope that Ms. Tulk will soon bring us another gift even half as fine as this.
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I was at a local bookstore a few months ago when the author, Niki, read a few passages of the book to us, her audience. I was hooked, and bought the book immediately afterward. As the child of a father who grew up in occupied Holland during WWII, I read the book quickly, eager to find out more about her Opa's secret, knowing how much pain and shame came with so many decisions and actions of that time period. I was not disappointed. Lara discovers that her grandfather's life was a complex one, and that he and his compatriots lived the rest of their lives in the shadows of their earlier years, wondering how or what to reveal to those who came afterward.
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Shadows and Wings is a well-crafted, well written book which engages both emotion and intellect. Its poignancy is more marked if the reader has any association with the Australian bush or the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. The author (Niki Tulk) has captured the different joys and insecurities of childhood and adulthood, and the sometimes puzzling relationships between generations, with a sure touch and a kind, appreciative understanding of her different characters. There was an intensity in some passages which nearly made me weep, but I was soothed by other passages, especially in view of the fact that the book is leavened by a quirky humour.
I strongly recommend this book, and hope that other readers enjoy it as much as I did.
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Lara is a young girl who lives with her mother, her Oma and her Opa on a farm in Australia. Oma and Opa are both immigrants from Germany, and both are kind, loving supports to Lara and her younger sister Jen as they grow to womanhood, even when their father deserts the family for another woman. But Opa has a shadowy past that no one wants to talk about, and after his death, Lara finds out one reason for the silence.

When Lara opens the keepsakes her grandparents left her, among them is an SS lapel pin. Lara cannot believe her kind, loving grandfather was a Nazi, let alone SS, and is driven to Germany to find out more about his past. Along with her quest, the book also tells the story of her Opa's youth, as young Tomas Müller, son of a luthier, who despises the Nazis but is drawn to his childhood best friend Gustav's vision of a renewed and powerful Germany (one without Hitler, but also without the powerlessness of being defeated in war), and is, anyhow, drafted into the war willy-nilly. In the war, he is compelled to take actions that leave him shamed and guilt-ridden, and he seeks after the war to begin a new life in a different country. But he cannot drown or hide the sorrows and the guilt of his past entirely, and there are scars that live with him for the rest of his life. Can Lara come to some understanding with her grandfather's ghost, some way of reconciling the memory of the gentle man who raised her with the knowledge of his participation in the horrors of the Holocaust and the Nazi cause? Can she learn to move forward and make a life for herself without the shadows of the past intruding?
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Shadows and Wings begins with Lara as a young girl living in Australia and her close relationship with her Opa. Tomas, Lara's Opa, moved to Australia from Germany after World War II, but his early life has always been kept secret from his family. Until he dies, that is, and Lara receives a box with various items that hint about his past and she decides to try to learn the truth. The story begins with Lara, but then has a long section in the middle that is told from the point of view of Tomas as a young man, and then back to Lara.

The book starts off slowly and although it is beautifully written, I was getting a bit tired of Lara's story initially. Once the focus shifted to Tomas's story though, I was hooked. This book was the best of all worlds, being well written, and an interesting page-turner, and also meaningful and giving you something to really think about at the end. And that beginning section? Once I finished the book I found myself wanting to go back and re-read that whole section in particular after everything I learned about Tomas to get a new perspective on how all of his experiences affected him in his new life in Australia. In fact the more time that passes, the more I have found myself thinking about this book. To me that's the mark of a really great book vs all the others that I tend to forget more as time goes on.

I would highly recommend this book. I feel like sometimes, if a book is published independently there is a bias where you think well, it wasn't good enough to be picked up by a major publisher. I can state that this definitely is not the case with Shadows and Wings.
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