Aly expected to make new friends, get quirky jobs and maybe stay in some dodgy hostels. Little did she know that her journey down under would take a dark turn which left her stranded 10,000 miles from home trying to piece back together the fragments of her now broken life. After working hard towards her dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist, Aly had a sudden realisation that there must be something more out there away from the books she had been burying her head into for the past 3 years. She decided to hang her degree on the wall and book a one-way ticket to Australia, a decision which would change her entire life. Through the relationships she made, the jobs she took and the landscapes she wandered, Aly reveals her full story for the first time. Behind her YouTube videos and blog posts remained a deep dark secret that she was never ready to share, until now.
Timmy has a very special relationship with his grandmother. He believes she can do anything. On a family road trip to visit his grandparents, his beliefs in Grandmas extraordinary powers and abilities are revealed.
Rarely does one persons family history intersect dramatically with a countrys momentous events. In Where Is My Home? A Refugee Journey, Miriam Potocky-Tripodi describes the Czech Republics decades-long struggle for freedom and how it affected her own life. Only after the fall of Communism in 1989 could the author reclaim her homeland by visiting Prague and discovering her Czech heritage. This family history, written with both poignancy and unwavering honesty, is the story of how the Nazi and Soviet invaders tried to destroy the soul of the Czech people. Yet the story also contains vignettes of triumph, from the authors fathers defiance of Communist officials to an uncles dreams of escape. Like Czech history, this family account has moments of aching sadness. The author relates how she searched for any scrap of information about her grandparents, who were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Yet, this book also reveals glimpses of radiance, from a painters sly humor to the author's feelings of connection to her fellow Czechs. Can an exile ever return home after decades of living in America? This difficult question reverberates throughout this book, leaving the reader with a richer understanding of Czech history and one person's quest for self-identity.
In this psychological supense novel we meet Rosemary who is desperately seeking the answer to something that happened in her the past. Something has happened to her baby, but where is she now? As Rosemary seeks the truth she turns more and more to inanimate objects for support, since she cannot trust the people around her. In her conversations with the houses, the bed knobs, the books and the tea cups she finds comfort and begins the painful recall of the lost time aided by her bossy and competent alter ego Anna. She wants to have an answer, ''Where is she now? to find the calm promised in the hymns of her childhood, 'lay down your burden'. The reader becomes aware that maybe Rosemary isn't as irrational as she first appears and that her family is maybe not as supportive as first thought. A surprise ending reveals the answer and poses more questions. The novel is set in a fictional amalgam of two small English towns and the descriptive settings support and enhance the mood at each turn of the story.