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THE INVISIBLES: A Novel
Releasing August 4th, 2015
In the vein of Meg Donohue and Jennifer Close, comes Cecilia Galante's adult debut about the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship--a compelling, moving novel that is told in both the present and the past.
Thrown together by chance as teenagers at Turning Winds Home for Girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family which they dub The Invisibles. But when tragedy strikes after graduation, Nora is left to deal with the horrifying aftermath alone as the other three girls leave home and don't look back.
Fourteen years later, Nora is living a quiet, single life working in the local library. She is content to focus on her collection of "first lines" (her favorite opening lines from novels) and her dog, Alice Walker, when out-of-the-blue Ozzie calls her on her thirty-second birthday. But after all these years, Ozzie hasn't called her to wish a happy birthday. Instead, she tells Nora that Grace attempted suicide and is pleading for The Invisibles to convene again. Nora is torn: she is thrilled at the thought of being in touch with her friends, and yet she is hesitant at seeing these women after such a long and silent period of time. Bolstered by her friends at the library, Nora joins The Invisibles in Chicago for a reunion that sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will change each of their lives forever.
The Invisibles is an unforgettable novel that asks the questions: How much of our pasts define our present selves? And what does it take to let go of some of our most painful wounds and move on?
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Review by: Erin
I LOVED this book! It was such a departure from the romance books I read on a daily basis. These characters will latch on to you and not let go. The author did an amazing job with this story and I will most definitely be looking for future work from her!
Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace couldn’t be more different if they tried. They have very different and distinct personalities. But they were thrown together out of circumstance and became the best of friends. The Invisibles. This story is told in past and present tense.
This story is about 4 friends that have been through a terrible ordeal together. They moved away and started their own lives and kind of just forgot about each other. They are all struggling with their past and each with their current situations. These women come together again when one is struggling very hard to come to grips with her life. Friendships are tested, renewed, and strengthened.
There is a wide range of emotion in this story. You will laugh and cry with these characters. The emotion pours from every word and you can’t help but feel everything they are going through. The story is written so well that I didn’t see the ending coming. I kept thinking I had it figured out and I was completely off base. I love when a book does that to me. I love theunpredictability. I think that every woman out there should read this story at least once in their life. It is not to be missed out on.
Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.
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