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Invisible river : a novel
Helena McEwan
Adult Fiction MCEWEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Scottish writer McEwen makes her American debut with her third novel, a treacly coming-of-age story. Eve has left her alcoholic father behind in Cornwall to study painting in London, where she befriends the flamboyant Bianca and the brooding Roberta, and sets her sights on a second-year sculpture student named Zeb. Eve struggles to find her artistic voice and suffers several scathing critiques by the school tutors, who tell her she's making "souffle" when she should be cooking up "meat and potatoes." When Eve comes home from school one day to find her father passed out drunk on her apartment doorstep, she is saddled with both guilt at having left him to live on his own and anger at his intrusion into her new life. Her artwork starts to change as a result, but is no more warmly received. Instead of a story, McEwen gives readers a chronology of events, lackluster writing that seems more fitting for a high school drama, and a pile of melodrama. A story for a therapist, not a reader. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Marking her U.S. debut, McEwan's third novel (after The Big House and Ghost Girl) narrates the richly colored journey of Evie, a budding painter who leaves her alcoholic father for the first time since her mother's death to go to an art school in London. Initially worried over how both will take the transition, Evie is quickly swept up in vibrant new friends, harsh art critiques, expeditions around the city, and an uncertain crush on a mysterious sculptor. After her father appears at her door, still drunk and unable to fend for himself, Evie finds herself caught between past and future. Evie's love for her father is strong, and her decision to stop taking care of him has heartbreaking consequences, both for Evie and for her paintings. VERDICT A quick read with an eclectic ensemble of characters told in a quiet voice full of artistry and color, this will appeal to fans of literary coming-of-age novels.-Mara Dabrishus, Ursuline Coll., Pepper Pike, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Left her alcoholic father to study painting in London; struggles to find her artistic voice; forms three new friendships; falls in love with a sculpture student; comes home one day to find her father passed out drunk on her apartment doorstep.

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