Nada Lubay debuts first original novel titled The Silent Heroines
Nada Lubay makes her debut as the author of Silent Heroines, a fictional story inspired by parts of her life as a grandparent carer, along with the many other grandparents who often go unrecognised and struggle in silence while raising young grandchildren.
The Silent Heroines is based on the day-to-day struggles of grandparents, who find themselves in the new role of grandparent carers as they take on the role of raising grandchildren in an effort to keep there families together.
The Silent Heroines is filled with humorous anecdotal stories that hope to inspire people to read, learn, and respect older generations, Mrs Lubay said.
“When I turned 60, I planned to have a happy retirement, travel and enjoyed the rewards of hard work, however, that life was abruptly interrupted when I had to step in and take care of my granddaughter, who was only a few months old then. It has been 10 years since, and my life has changed forever,” Mrs Lubay said.
“At first, I thought I was the only grandparent with the moral obligation to save our granddaughter from a dysfunctional and unsafe home.
“Sadly, many biological parents suffer from mental health issues, leading to self-medication with drugs or alcohol . . . combine it all together, and it creates a perfect storm and the child often ends up in a household where domestic violence is prevalent.
“These selfless grandparents step in and protect these children from further emotional or physical harm.”
“Most Grandparents gre not appreciated or recognised in the community for their valuable service in providing a safe home for their grandchildren.
“I wanted to give these grandparents the voice they rightfully deserve.”
Mrs Lubay said she hoped the book would bring about change through more assistance for grandparents raising children with support from the Family Courts and the Federal Government.
“I want government representatives, politicians, and community members to know that The Silent Heroines exist, but we choose not to see them. . . these grandparents are not seen or heard of, so I gave them a voice and called my book The Silent Heroines.
The official book launch will be held at The Rockingham Yacht Club on Wednesday, October 12 at 12pm.
To purchase the book head to the Rockingham Visitor Center, My Little Book Shop, Rockingham or Dixon Road Public Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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