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Family Secrets

"The doyenne of women's fiction" West Australian

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?

PRAISE FOR LIZ BYRSKI

"Her plots and characters get stronger with each book" The Sydney Morning Herald

"Liz Byrski has a guaranteed cheer squad for her novels which champion...women taking charge of their life and growing old creatively" Daily Telegraph

Fans of Monica McInerney, Liane Moriarty and Joanna Trollope will love Liz Byrski.
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Family Secrets
  • Author: Liz Byrski
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
  • ISBN: 9781743533031
  • Length: 2.8 centimetre
  • Width: 13.1 centimetre
  • Languages: English
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Fiction
  • Publication Date: 01/03/2015
  • Pages: 416
  • Height: 19.8 centimetre
  • Weight: 0.289 keg
  • Country of publication: Australia

RATINGS & REVIEW

27/08/2016 5:36:17 PM - Marianne
Another brilliant Byrski book
Family Secrets is the eighth novel by British-born Australian author, Liz Byrski. When seventy-three year-old Gerald Hawkins dies after a long illness, he is survived by his wife Connie and their two adult children, three grandchildren and his long-estranged younger sister, Flora. And now that this forceful presence in their lives has gone, things will change for everyone. But perhaps not as expected. Believing they need to take their mother’s future in hand, Andrew and Kerry are surprised at Connie’s vehement disagreement with their plans. Firstly, she is going to England and France, to catch up with Flora, and to find the Connie that she was before Gerald came along. And she has absolutely no intention of selling up to move closer to her children and grandchildren, thank you very much! As the title implies, this is a family with secrets, and lots of them. Unstated bitterness at a life not lived, hidden sexual preferences, secret lovers, worries about mental disposition, resentment at disloyalties, guilt about betrayals, fears of rejection, all these and more are concealed from those who have a right and a need to know. The catalyst of Gerald’s death sees many of them exposed, but the biggest secret of all is one revealed to Connie during her time away. Byrski uses several narrators to tell her tale and easily conveys the perspective of both young and old. Her characters are all familiar and believable in their attitudes and reactions, although Connie’s self-absorption at a certain point may leave readers gasping. Any woman would want a Chris to love and support them, but few would envy the latter years of Connie’s marriage. Byrski touches on a myriad of topical issues including the assimilation of refugees and the effect of a long terminal illness on the spouse/carer. Another brilliant Byrski book.
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