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Inlaws and Outlaws

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781925346237
Author(s): Kathleen James
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Inspiring Publishers
Dimensions: 152 x 0 x 225 (w x l x h)
Pages: 350

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In Australia in 1972-72, there were 10,000 adoptions. In NSW in 1969, roughly 2,000 young women, most of them unmarried, gave up their children for adoption. Helen Armstrong, aged 17, fell pregnant that year and was persauded to have her baby son Simon adopted out. This theme is closely based on Kathleen James' own story. Helen still carries a buried grief. Birth mothers had no contact with their children, and only minimal initial information was ever provided. Years later when Helen is divorced and beginning a new phase of life, with a 19 year old son Nick, she hopes for a reunion with Simon when he turns 21. At this time Helen falls in love with a single parent Marco Lucini and the family secrets of both the Armstrongs and thr Lucinis gradually come to light. Helen learns a lot about her beloved Uncle Mick (a gambler and 'ladies' man.') who together with her Auntie Vera ran the Armstrong's Family Hotel in Katoomba back in the 1930s. Finding out about Mick's all too human failings and his troubled past helps her to come to terms with her own.
Marco also learns how complicated families can be when he discovers a whole new family of 'outlaws' in Italy, ('outlaws' being those parenting or born outside of marriage). The story takes us from a Sydney waterway to the NSW South Coast and Blue Mountains, and to Parma and Venice in Italy. The three narrators: Helen, Marcus and Mick span 2 generations, in alternating chapters, giving the reader thre
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