The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn (2015)

My name is Chloe, and I am the youngest. Mine are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the tread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon me. Men love me without knowing who I am. I have lived forever and will live forever more (p 2).

ShadowBehindStarsHahn weaves a story of the most famous weavers, the Moirai, better known in English as the Fates. Chloe, the spinner, tells this cautionary tale to mortals, warning them away from herself and her sisters: Serena, who allots each thread a length, and Xinot, who snips each thread to mark its end.

It is a lyrical tale in which the words ebb and flow in rhythm with the sea surrounding these three women as the perform their duty to the darkness on a remote island. It is a tale of extreme loss, suffering, grief, healing, and ultimately, hope, that will capture readers with its enchanting language as its thread slowly unfolds. A sophisticated story for older teens.

Named one of the best books of 2015 by Kirkus.

I also highly recommend Hahn’s debut novel, A Creature of Moonlight.


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