Fiction Helena McEwen Invisible River

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Invisible River

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I walked out into the autumn morning and smelt a bonfire behind the exhaust fumes. I only had to cross the road to walk into the tall glass cube that would be my art school for the next three years.Evie has left her father, her life in Cornwall and her childhood behind her to begin a very different sort of life in London. At first the great city provides her with a world of inspiration. Her imagination is fired by the history, and the scenes of London. With Rob, Bianca and `the ballerina', Evie discovers the ancient and ever-changing city and her paintings are filled with colour and fantasy as she indulges her need to escape.This new life seems safe and peaceful until the moment her alcoholic father arrives and spins this new world around so that the past is again her present. Evie struggles to carry on with the life she has been building but her fears and memories are never far away. The dreams and the nightmares come together on the canvas of Evie's young life and it is her new friends, the city she has fallen in love with, and most of all, her growing friendship with a talented young sculptor, that must hold her together.This is the story of a daughter, an artist and the moment when you realise your life is your own. Helena McEwen draws together the themes of art, love, friendship and memory with a painter's skill, in a story filled with hope.

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Helena McEwen grew up in Scotland and trained as an artist at Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell School of Art. She is the acclaimed author of The Big House and Ghost Girl. She lives in Scotland.

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A child’s coming-of-age proves wrenching for a parent in this ethereal novel. When Eve goes to London to study art, she discovers an expanded universe, a trio of staunch female friends, and the possibility of a first love. But her alcoholic father, still mourning the loss of his wife, who drowned when Eve was just five, sinks even more into despair and turns up drunk on Eve’s doorstep. While beginning to make her way in the world of art and delighting in the colors available to describe her new reality, Eve confronts her father’s litany of heartfelt apologies and broken promises as she remembers the love that they shared. In the way that the invisible river extends beyond the actual river and is essential for its existence, the invisible reality is what Eve and her classmates seek to touch through their art. Scottish author McEwen (Ghost Girl, 2005) makes good use of her own art training, portraying artists struggling to express their ideas, using vividly described colors that sometimes glow and glitter, in fiction that proves a visual feast. --Michele Leber

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