The Past Ended on Mango Street
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Years after the death of his grandmother, Thomas Watson, a 24 year-old Australian man with Asperger's syndrome, decides to break the silence that has burdened his family for three generations. Against his family's will he decides to find out what kept his grandmother, Yvonne Holman, silent about her time in a Japanese-run female death camp in Indonesia during WWII. Determined to discover out the truth, Thomas embarks on a journey that takes him to a dark and distant past that his grandmother had spent a lifetime trying to protect her family from.
The Land Beyond the Mist
1635, the European Wars of Religion. In France Catholics are fighting against Protestants, neighbour against neighbour. Against this backdrop in Auvergne region, France, Eugenie Poujite is inspired to challenge the oppressive rule of her clergy and decides to write her own bible after Mary Magdalen told her that Jesus was a woman. Over three years she and her followers caused riots all throughout Auvergne, and even took control of the main city Clermont-Ferrand. After a bloody siege, she and her followers were eventually expelled to the mountains of Auvergne, in the land beyond the mist. Undeterred, Eugenie continued to wage guerrilla war from her capital Picherande, trying to save the souls of the women in preparation for a promised land without the oppression of men. Her descendent continues to lead the religion and tries to gain new converts.
My Lovely Neighbour
When Josif Ugrenović moved to the sleepy Victorian town of Mildura from Serbia, 10 year-old Jemma MacPherson had a new neighbour. Over 7 years the two began a friendship, which was put to the test after the Australian Federal Police arrested Josif for war crimes in Foča, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Yugoslav war. Despite his crimes, Jemma still continued to write to Josif while he was waiting for his trial in The Hague, Holland. When Jemma found-out Josif had no family she decided to head to Holland support him in regardless of her family’s misgivings and her community’s outrage.