Fifteen year olds Josie and Tasha live near to each other, but have little in common. However, each is having a difficult time at home. Josie’s mother is a hoarder; convinced she is saving the planet by collecting things others throw away, she has made their home impossible and dangerous to live in for her daughter. Tasha is becoming increasingly uncomfortable in her own home as her mother’s boyfriend starts paying her unwelcome attention. The girls come together in an unlikely friendship as both face homelessness.
We never know what happens ‘behind closed doors’. Home should be a place of sanctuary, somewhere to feel safe and shut out the outside world. Sadly, for many this is not the case and Miriam Halahmy delivers a hard hitting, gripping story, exploring this theme.
Weaving together real issues which face many young people, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ shows how easily vulnerable youngsters can slip through the net and find themselves alone and at the mercy of the manipulative and unscrupulous. The complexities of a loving parent who is not protecting and supporting their child for whatever reason is sensitively explored and the girls show great resilience and courage in the face of serious challenges.
Moving and powerful, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a story of love, friendship and what home really means.
Behind Closed Doors Miriam Halahmy
Firefly Press ISBN: 978-1910080788