Author(s): Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
'Then something shifted. I don't know when what used to make me content began to make me cringe; when my adoration of her turned to irritation. Was it adolescence? Was it a mother-daughter thing?a Pina's friends think she's lucky. How many families get along the way hers does - how many parents are as free-spirited and happy as hers? But sometimes Pina wonders who the grown-up is - her or her mother. Then a chance glimpse at an email unravels what Pina thought she knew about life and love. Can her family survive what she has discovered? And what does it all mean for Pina's own life? Two siblings, two boys, two cities, three generations, four friends. How many versions of the truth?
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained international recognition as a leading writer, researcher, lecturer, consultant and activist in the issues of cultural, sexual and gender diversity and family diversity in health and education. Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, she also enjoys working with young people in schools and is passionate about her work, social justice, and her incredibly supportive family and friends. Her first book for young adults, TAPESTRY, explored five generations of her family's history in Australia and Italy. It was shortlisted by the Children's Book Council of Australia and in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. She is also the author of GIRLS' TALK, BOYS' STUFF, SOMEONE YOU KNOW, and WHEN OUR CHILDREN COME OUT.