Some books you can't put down until you reach the end. Those are rare enough, but even more rare are the books you can never put down. Their stories stay with you for the rest of your life. You might say they live a sort of "shadow life" inside your head, becoming active when triggered alive by some scene or event. Shadow Life is such a book.
Shadow Life started me thinking deeply about a number of serious issues in our modern society, such as,
- The truly important things in a person's life are the same whether the person is gay, straight, bisexual, or asexual.
- How a simple label, once given, can change a life forever, and never be entirely erased.
- How weak a lonely individual is, and how strong he becomes when he teams up with another lonely individual.
Shadow Life's writing is movingly clear, its protagonists truly alive, and its lessons unforgettable.