Dirty Laundry is La Chichita’s first novel. Although it’s fictional, she draws on her own experiences growing up in Argentina and then migrating to Australia.
Emanuel has asked his “La Macaca”, his great grandmother and his “abuela Carmela” his grandmother to write down their life stories. Emanuel intends to write a book on his rather large and unusual family.
To make it even more interesting he has asked each of his three grandfathers, Carmela’s husbands, to tell their stories.
The two women share childhood experiences of growing up in Buenos Aires and their love interests prior to their marriages.
Emanuel‘s great grandmother’s story starts early in the 20th century. She was born in Argentina, a daughter to a respectable and prosperous Italian family. She marries Paquito and they have three daughters. His great grandmother and great grandfather spend time living in both Argentina and Australia.
Carmela, their daughter, is Emanuel’s grandmother. Carmela is introduced to books at a very young age which inspires her love of learning. Carmela is able to go to university and travels to Australia. She is instrumental in the family migrating to Australia.
Carmela has two children with each of her ex husband , who certainly don’t mind exposing secrets and sharing their family experiences. Life for this family doesn’t always go according to plan.
The story takes you on a journey of family, relationships, different perspectives and opinions.
From poverty to wealth, fortunes lost, to passion, infidelities and difficulty as migrants with English as a second language. The events are sometimes funny, sometimes sad.
What family doesn’t have secrets they would rather not share?!
Emanuel’s family has definitely put their “dirty laundry” out in the open, making this an entertaining, interesting and engaging book to read.
Thank you to Shawline Publishing Group and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review Dirty Laundry.
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