Up a Gum Tree

Lynne Frank is queen of the carpool line and master of the artful snack. She is pleasantly adrift on the warm currents of her life in suburban Boston, until the week her husband Michael loses his job and finds out his father is dying. Optimistic Michael copes by packing up the family for an extended visit to his remote Australian hometown. Paranoid Lynne—terrified of flying, crocodiles, and making choices—resists. Australia is a world away and full of poisonous, man-eating creatures.

Also, in-laws. 

Fate is a Chinese finger trap and free will is an illusion, but I can’t think about that now—I have a diaper to change.

UP A GUM TREE
British, informal: in a very difficult situation that one cannot get out of.

the point of no return

Scarred by a loss of her own, Lynne can’t let her husband miss a chance at a final good-bye. So she he swallows her terror (and a Xanax) and gets on board, surviving the transatlantic travel only to face a new threat: a manipulative mother-in-law who plans to keep her son Down Under for good. 

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Desperate to return to the safety of “home,” Lynne forces Michael to fly back to the States for a series of job interviews. With her husband away, Lynne dodges vindictive cockatoos and venomous relatives—and discovers she’s more capable than she imagined. But when new information about her husband’s job loss comes to light, she begins questioning everything she thinks she knows—about her husband, his family, and herself. 

"In all chapters things are rather out of the ordinary, yet not that uncommon. Nothing is over the top, a perfect balance between fiction and reality."

—Marina Elez, on Up a Gum Tree

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Praise for 
Up a Gum Tree

"Absolutely loved the story. I read 4-6 books a week, and I can honestly say that your book rates in the top 10% of all the books I have read."

david gibson

Robin Facer

Robin Facer's first career was producing and editing high-quality television programs. Her second career was producing and raising four high-quality children. Lately, she's been focused on producing and editing high-quality novels—books that are engaging and un-putdownable, full of humor and heart.
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