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Publisher's Summary

Highly-regarded creative talent Milena Cifali is an award winning singer-songwriter and poet, who, along with her partner Jim Horvath, lost her home, instruments, and beloved parrots in the Mallacoota bushfires on New Year's Eve 2019. Out of adversity, Milena has written a heartfelt book, sharing her personal journey towards recovery, against the larger backdrop of an unprecedented bushfire season, and the coronavirus pandemic.

The book showcases Milena's considerable talents of writing, poetry, lyrics, and photography to create a stirring and timely work. At its heart is the search for home and its aim to connect with Australia's fire ravaged communities and to provide solace, facilitating healing for all those suffering loss amongst these communities.

©2020 Milena Cifali (P)2021 Milena Cifali

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A wonderful personal account of loss and recovery

This is a raw and at times harrowing personal account of Milena’s loss during the bushfires of 2019. She takes the reader on a journey reliving the highs and lows of her life and explains how she has survived the trauma.

Milena’s beautiful voice makes you want to hear what happens next and the book features her songs and music that makes you feel like you are part of her life. This alone is reason to go for the audio book.

This book will definitely appeal to anyone who knows Mallacoota but will also resonate with people wanting to understand loss and how to move on. Lovers of the Australian bush and its amazing flora and fauna will also appreciate it.

A wonderful story that combines happy and sad moments as we hear about an amazing life.

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A genuine and rare gem

An eloquent account of extraordinary events and the losses which were experienced as a result. And adaptation to these losses. Richly descriptive, engaging, unpretentious & honest. Enhanced by the authors own enchanting music. (Which stands alone by itself as truly exceptional). A genuine & rare gem.

After a year of so much loss and grief on a personal and global scale, which continues to this day, this book may offer solace to others who may have experienced profound grief and loss.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.