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Asta in the Wings

by Jan Elizabeth Watson

Asta in the Wings
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    Feb 2009, 314 pages

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In homage to her obsession with movies, Asta's mother has named her after the wire-haired terrier in a series of six comic-detective films inspired by Dashiell Hammett's last novel, The Thin Man. In the films, William Powell and Myrna Loy play Nick and Nora Charles, a witty couple who solve crimes, engage in snappy banter and imbibe numerous cocktails. The first movie (The Thin Man, 1934) was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. The low-budget MGM film was shot in fourteen days and earned over $2 million. Its sequel, After the Thin Man (1936), was the first sequel ever to be nominated for Best Picture.

In the Wings

When Asta and Orion accidentally fall through a broken floorboard, they land in a strange part of their house they have never seen before. It then becomes their passage and exit to the outside world. In that space, trying to make sense of where she is, Asta is reminded of her mother's words about the wings of the ...

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