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Invisible Ellen (Hardcover)

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One spontaneous act can change a life forever. When twenty-four-year-old Ellen, a broken survivor of the foster care system, impulsively follows blind Temerity and prevents her from being mugged, Ellen’s solitary life cracks. Over the course of the novel, Ellen slowly becomes a participant in and not just an observer/recorder of her world. With violinist Temerity and her anthropologist brother Justice’s help, Ellen affects positive change in the lives of a pregnant neighbor, a shot-up drug dealer, and a harassed co-worker. Along the way these activities transform Ellen, emotionally and physically, allowing her to become more “visible” to herself and others – cutting away her life scars, figuratively and literally. If you have an interest in knowing how humans do/do not connect or in understanding the protectiveness of “invisibility” while traversing through life, Ellen’s story will both enlighten and touch you. Strive for visibility – everyone deserves to be seen. - Adrean

— From Adrean Darce Brent


"In the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Weiner, a clever, funny yet poignant novel about the friendship between two absolutely unforgettable women."
Shattuck delivers strong, well-balanced characters and clever dialogue, making this both a fun read and a satisfying story of personal transformation.
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For many of us, there comes a moment when we wish we were invisible.
For Ellen Homes, not only does she wish it . . . she actually lives it.
She spends her days quietly observing but unobserved, watching and recording in her notebooks the lives of her neighbors, coworkers, and total strangers. Overweight, socially stunted, and utterly alone, one night Ellen saves a blind young woman from being mugged.
"Then everything changes."
Character-driven, poignant, and leavened with touches of humor and witty dialogue, "Invisible Ellen"is a remarkable novel about personal transformation, morality, the power of friendship, and the human need for connection with others.

About the Author

Shari Shattuck, novelist and actress has published six novels, and appeared in over 200 stage, film and TV productions. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in California."

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Praise for Invisible Ellen

"Invisible Ellen is a heartfelt and moving portrait of life on the sidelines.  It is a book for anyone who has ever felt they didn't count.  And who hasn't felt that way at least once?  A lovely, compelling novel about a woman you won't soon forget."
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Fly Away

“Look out world, a new dynamic duo is in town!  Ellen and Temerity sparkle on the page in this tale of unlikely friendships, heartbreak, paying it forward and taking a stand!”
—Gena Showalter, author of Beauty Awakened

“Ellen is the most unique, well crafted heroine I have ever had the pleasure of taking a journey with. Every character jumps out at you in full bright color and is utterly unique. It moves me to think about how many "invisible" people this book will touch and make stronger.”
—Claudia Christian, actress on Babylon 5

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399167614
ISBN-10: 0399167617
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: May 29th, 2014
Pages: 294
Language: English