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Family Secrets - Liz Byrski

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When patriarch Gerald Hawkins passes away in his Tasmanian home, after ten years of serious illness, his family experience a wave of grief and, admittedly, a surge of relief. Gerald's dominating personality has loomed large over his wife, Connie, their children, Andrew and Kerry, and his sister Flora, for decades.

Connie, whose own dreams were dispensed with upon marriage, is now determined to renew her long friendship with Gerald's estranged sister, Flora. She travels to France where she finds Flora struggling to make peace with the past and searching for a place to call home. Meanwhile Andrew's marriage is crumbling, and Kerry is trapped in stasis by unfinished business with her father.

As the family adjusts to life after Gerald, they could not be more splintered. But there are surprises in store and secrets to unravel. And once the loss has been absorbed, is it possible that they could all find a way to start afresh with forgiveness, understanding and possibility?

About the Author

Liz Byrski is the author of seven other novels and a number of non-fiction books, the latest of which is Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing. She has worked as a freelance journalist, a broadcaster with ABC Radio and an advisor to a minister in the West Australian Government. Liz has a PhD in writing from Curtin University where she teaches professional and creative writing.

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5.0

Loved it!!

By Cool Tess

from Melbourne

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Family Secrets:

    Loved this novel so much that I bought a copy for my BookWorm sister....maybe we related to it a little too much!

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    5.0

    Understanding one's family

    By Older and wiser

    from brisbane

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      Comments about Family Secrets:

      Marriage and family life are often the dream of one, and not both partners. Sometimes, we are granted the opportunity to understand the truth. It can be a rare blessing when we do, even if it is years later.
      Is it so kind for friends to keep secrets, which could be a blessing to be told?
      A thought provoking story....which could well be true!

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      ISBN: 9781742613925
      ISBN-10: 1742613926
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 420
      Published: 1st July 2014
      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
      Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 3.1
      Weight (kg): 0.52