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By: Narelle Minton

Parallel Lives

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Two young women face similar challenges in creating meaningful lives for themselves. Yet mother and daughter, embedded in different cultures and times, are influenced to make decisions that draw them apart.

Delyth, in 1945 Wales, faces the return of a husband damaged by war. After a successful career in his absence, she puts aside her own needs to care for him, something that has its own challenges.

Her daughter, Natalie, also affected by the behaviour of her father, starts university in Sydney in 1970, determined to find her own direction and be free of him. However, away from home, the New Age values of self-actualisation and free love, as well as the Vietnam War, have a major impact on her life. Despite her efforts to be independent and to follow her dream to help the unfortunate in foreign countries, Natalie discovers she remains tied to her parents.

Both women struggle to fill a void within until something happens to change everything.

Narelle is a humanitarian and keen traveller. She has worked as a social worker in Australia, U.K., Sri Lanka and Botswana. She has also done voluntary work in Papua New Guinea and India. Her passion for understanding the nature of people, the influence of different cultures and life experiences on them has formed the basis of her writing. A short story and various articles appear in a number of publications. This is her first novel.

She has three sons and nine grandchildren. She lives in Canberra, where she enjoys painting, walking and current affairs’ discussions.

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