Red Ink

Julie Mayhew (Author)
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Description

A sharp-witted teenager discovers surprising truths after her mother's death in a wry and heartrending novel touching on denial, identity, and family lore.

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and she is not likely to jump on a plane to come to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. Balanced with tenderness and humor, this time-shifting novel offers a narrator by turns angry and vulnerable, hurt and defiant as she struggles with sudden grief--and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.

Product Details

Price
$16.99
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
February 09, 2016
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.8 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780763677312
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About the Author

Julie Mayhew has written plays for radio and the stage. Red Ink is her debut novel. The cofounder and host of a short-story cabaret and head of a writers' workshop, she lives in England.

Reviews

Mayhew's poetic language and careful handling of a sensitive subject highlight a promising knack for storytelling.
--Publishers Weekly

This debut novel about loss, family, and the way stories change in the telling is a rich portrait of grief and recovery.
--Booklist

Fans of Kate Christensen's Blue Plate Special (Doubleday, 2013) and Amy Kathleen Ryan's Zen and Xander Undone (HMH, 2010) will appreciate this title for mature teens.
--School Library Journal