This is Not a Lie
In 1984, Joel Reed is the lead guitarist in The Blackhearts, an up-and-coming hard rock band that was born in St Kilda, the bohemian heart of Melbourne's music scene.
A high functioning heroin addict, Joel is also a closet homosexual and is desperately lonely and dangerously self-destructive until he meets a man who becomes the lead singer in his band and the unexpected love of his life.
Contemporary Short Stories
Assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend, a fourteen-year-old girl longs to be loved by her teenaged crush. An immigrant woman who fled her homeland is forced to travel across county by the man who promised her a better life. An acutely-sensitive eleven-year-old girl is despised by her fifth-grade teacher. A war veteran’s family falls apart as he combats the consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. An Anglican nun struggles to comfort a woman who’s been sentenced to the gallows.
These people exist in different times and have vastly different lives, yet all of them suffer from the devastating effects of trauma.
Everything about a person, from the way they think, remember, learn, how they feel about themselves and others, and the way they view and understand the world, is affected and shaped by the trauma they experience.
Open Wounds is a collection of unforgiving short fiction stories that shines a light on traumatic moments from which their sufferers might never recover.