good fronds playing with the overhead projector in Mind of a Snail's interactive installation at the Museum of Vancouver's spring costume party “Where the Wild Things Were”, April 2014. photo by Ryan Carmichael. (ferns are Candice Curlypaws and Ambrosia Bee of the DustyFlowerpot)
Shadows play a significant roll in the novel, certainly in the literal sense, but also figuratively in the character of the man in the gray suit. His presence is very shadow-like. At times, he is present and nearly tangible, but he is mostly a fleeting presence in Marco's life.