Jukebooks: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
This week the link between our book and our song is romance of the spirit. Cat Winter’s In the Shadow of Blackbirds is set in San Diego, California, in 1918. World War I has been droning on for years, killing and maiming young soldiers abroad, while a deadly influenza virus claims victims in the United States. Our heroine, Mary Shelley Black, has secretly pledged her love to Stephen, just before he leaves to go fight. When Stephen returns to her, their love affair moves in a completely new direction.
The lovely song Fade Into You is from the television show Nashville and is sung by Clare Bowen (who plays Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (who plays Gunnar). It has such a haunting melody and expresses an all-consuming love, much like I think of Mary Shelley’s and Stephen’s intense connection.
An interesting side note, both Bowen and Palladio, who sing in such luscious Southern accents, are Australian and British, respectively. In the video below they speak naturally about their singing backgrounds and picking up the Tennessee twang.
— Diane Colson, currently reading Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange (advance reading copy) and listening to Transatlantic by Colum McCann, narrated by Geraldine Hughes