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. 
FINALIST, 2018
UP A GUM TREE (submitted as "One Less Traveled") has been named as a top five finalist for the Women's Fiction Writers Association Rising Star Award.

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 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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"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

Robin Facer
Robin Facer's early career was producing engaging, high-quality television. She later moved on to producing engaging, high-quality children (four of them). These days, she's  focused on producing engaging, high-quality fiction.
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GOOD BONES

Fresh off a string of professional defeats, TV director Cara Glover is happy to trade L.A. for her cozy New England roots. She’s got a second chance to revive her career by producing a season of the Home Network's hottest show, House Haunters, from her old (and almost certainly haunted) hometown. 

The job would pay enough to begin renovations on her childhood home and cover the cost of Alzheimer's care for the single-mother who raised her. Producing a silly reality show is straightforward work, work she's done before. It's an easy job, made easier by the fact that, unlike the show's flamboyant fake-medium host, Cara really does see spirits.