When 15-year-old Melon Fouraki’s mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, she is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a “living, breathing” father.
The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon.
But at least Melon has ‘The Story’. ‘The Story’ is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something.
Red Ink is a blackly comic coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.