In every community, there are those neighbors who have secrets. In this community, there are more secrets than most would guess. For the residents of one small Australian neighborhood, things are about to get a bit more interesting. After all, you don't really know your neighbors until you start asking questions. Inspired by the author's own experiences, this collection of short stories delves into those secrets. For some of the inhabitants, their own past is their secret. Through either choice or necessity, they keep their indigenous heritage to themselves. Some fear they will be ostracised, some fear they will be hurt, and others have simply realised that it's easier to pretend that they are white. Some have only just learned of their heritage, while others have recently found the strength to celebrate it. Up until that moment, their pride in their culture has been denied. No more. Each of these people has a story to share. They come from all walks of life, and they work in all manner of industries. They involve people from all occupations who are often surprised or offended that they-as long-term residents-were unaware of the histories of friends, relatives, or workmates. Mental illness also touches the community. As a result, relationships are imperiled, crimes are committed, and lives will change. As each gains strength and respect, hidden lives are unearthed. Through it all, the residents find themselves, by choice or necessity, changing as well.
March 11, 2015
6.0 X 0.63 X 9.0 inches | 1.11 pounds
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