Author: Mallee Stanley

Camilla Gibb’s—The relatives

Camilla Gibb’s—The relatives

Lila is a social worker assigned to Robin found wandering the streets in her pajamas, a child who refuses to speak, a child who begins to reveal a little of her past once Lila discovers her love of music. But Lila becomes so attached to Robin, she doesn’t pass on what she has learned and she’s fighting her own demons.

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Tim Winton’s — The shepherd’s hut

Tim Winton’s — The shepherd’s hut

After Jaxie’s abusive father accidently dies and Jaxie fears he’ll be blamed, he escapes into the Western Australian wilderness. Desperate for water, he comes across an abandoned shack with a water tank. But as he explores the lonely countryside, he soon discovers he is not the only one who’s run away from their past, nor is he safe once he discovers an even bigger secret. In an isolated region where there are no witnesses, lawlessness can take hold.

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Kim Echlin’s—Under the visible life*****

Kim Echlin’s—Under the visible life*****

Two women, Mahsa and Katherine both develop a love of jazz. Mahsa grows up under the care of an orthodox uncle in Pakistan after her parents are murdered by her mother’s brothers for her marriage to an American. When he fears the brothers will return from Afghanistan to murder Mahsa too, Uncle sends her to Montreal to study. This is her first taste of freedom since her parents’ deaths and she begins to explore the love of music she’d shared with her devoted parents.

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Katherine Boo’s—Behind the beautiful forevers *****

Katherine Boo’s—Behind the beautiful forevers *****

A cast of characters in Annawadi slums near Mumbai’s airport are hopeful when India’s economy starts to bloom. Some are metal thieves, others collect recyclable garbage, but when their day is done, they live in close proximity to everyone so that there are few secrets.

This is a must read story with the focus on a Muslim family striving for a better life. The book reads like fiction, but was actually the author’s observations and research during her three years living in Mumbai.