The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman.
Young Picador, revised edition 2004 (1990).
‘You’re interested in painting?’Chapter 14
‘It’s the only thing—’
‘It’s not the only thing. It’s not even the most important thing.’
‘What . . .’ Ginny still couldn’t speak properly. ‘What is the most important thing?’
There was a long, long silence.
Ginny Howard’s mother was from Haiti, and it’s from her that Ginny apparently inherits her artistic talents. She now lives with her widowed father in a Welsh village near the sea, and for a sixteen-year-old of mixed descent that isn’t easy.
Come the summer holidays after her exams and some of the mysteries concerning her mother and family start to emerge, upsetting the sensitive but determined teenager at that crucial period when she is making the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood.Continue reading “Making the transition”