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Red Ink

Julie Mayhew


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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.

Praise For Red Ink

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.

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

Candlewick, 9780763677312, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

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.