SECRETS FROM THE DUST by George Hamilton

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Snatched from her family during the 1960s, Margaret, a headstrong Aboriginal girl, is fostered by the McDonalds, in the Australian outback, under the government sponsored assimilation policies. She stubbornly fights to maintain her culture until she can escape or her real parents find her. But soon she discovers that she is growing to like many of the customs and material possessions of her captors, throwing her into an identity crisis, which rips another fault line through her world.

By the time she grows into a beautiful young woman, she has already suffered the disappointments of unrequited love and a forbidden desire. Encouraged to hide behind the identity of a Southern European, the highly charged political environment of the time, and her love for a political activist, forces her to confront her true identity.

About George Hamilton

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George Hamilton studied at the University of East London, majoring in development economics. He likes to know what’s going on around the world, to delve into the customs and practices of different cultures, and this led him to Australia during 2002, where he spent several months researching Koori (Aboriginal) culture at the Koori Centre, University of Sydney, amongst other places. Some of that work is reflected in his novel Secrets From The Dust, which has been compared to The Poisonwood Bible, and will spark many interesting discussions for reading groups and students of English literature. He currently lives in London, England.
Published October 7, 2010 by Browsing Rhino. 325 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction


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