Invisible Ellen

Invisible Ellen

Book - 2014
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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."

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. 
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2014.
ISBN: 9780399167614
Characteristics: 294 p.


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LaughingOne Aug 29, 2014

This is an unlikely story that caught my interest. I liked the premise that someone could make herself invisible, not seen by others. I didn't like why Ellen felt the need to do this but it did make sense. It was interesting that she was "seen" by a blind woman, who pulled Ellen into her life. Together they brought out things in each other that might have stayed inside. And they changed. The plot had major issues in terms of plausibility for me, but I still read on and enjoyed it. There is more to this story than a plot.

m2 Aug 04, 2014

You could look at this as an easy beach read with lots of impossible coincidences and a pair of gal pals, but there is a difference. The main character is an obese, formerly abused and disfigured custodian at Costco; her goad and sidekick is a blind violinist. It is also a story of society's marginalized and a meditation on what it would be like to work to change people's lives.

This book could be a sophomoric attempt at a feel - good cinematic summer read -- but it could also be a meditation by a woman who earns her living as an actress about what it'd be like to have people recoil at your appearance. Silly, but compelling and you feel you've spent your time well.

Jul 21, 2014

Ellen liked to think of herself as invisible: overweight, physically and emotionally scarred, she sneaks thru life. One day, everything changes. She witnesses a blind girl being robbed and steps in. As she develops a friendship with Temerity and her brother Justice, Ellen gains the courage to be involved in the lives of her neighbors. This book is different in many ways - subject, characters, plot development - and I loved it! We all have reasons to wish to be invisible - and this story strengthens the belief that we are all connected.

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Invisible Ellen is a book about friendship. The title character Ellen has the capability of making herself invisible, a skill she learned growing up in foster care. Ellen meets Temerity when she comes to her aid. Termerity, although blind, is intrepid and filled with fun. They form a friendship which takes them on adventures and enriches both of their lives. This is a warm, funny and poignant novel.

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