Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Invisible River by Helena McEwen (3 of 5 stars)

Invisible River is the story of Evie, an English art student who is headed to school in London. She is leaving behind her father and the woman who raised her, but she quickly finds three close friends and one fascinating boy. The only problem is that he already has a girlfriend.

McEwen has a very concise writing style, without a word going to waste, but her descriptions of London and the art the students see and create is very vivid. Evie is a synesthete and McEwen's descriptions of the colors in her paintings singing are just lovely. The symbolism in the book is very well done as well. The underlying themes of alcoholism, loss, new life, love, and recovery are all set on the backdrop of the undercurrents of emotion running through Evie's life.

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