Item description for For a House Made of Stone: Gina's Story by Gina French...
The latest ghosted memoir from Andrew Crofts, the bestselling ghost writer of The Little Prisoner, The Kid and Just A Boy. This is the extraordinary true story of a young woman from the Philippine mountains who wanted to help her family and ended up on trial for murder in the UK in 2001.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.59" Height: 1.18" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2006
ISBN 1904132790 ISBN13 9781904132790
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An astonishing life story Sep 15, 2006
As a westerner with a Filipina wife, I know that many Filipinos living in the west have left behind them a life almost unbelievably hard by western standards, and most will feel a huge obligation to help their family back home who are often living in conditions where $100 can literally be the difference between life and death.
This book is the story of one Filipina who made her way out of rural poverty, through a bewildering series of dislocations which included a stint as a bar girl in Manila. Eventually she was able to travel overseas - in the hope that her improved economic situation would give her want she wanted most: security and happiness for her family back in rural Luzon.
The choices she makes in order to help her family often come spectacularly unstuck, bring shame and exasperation to the ones she loves. Eventually, far from home in cold, rainy England she reaches rock bottom, killing her abusive husband and losing her beloved child.
This is Gina's story, ghost written by Andrew Crofts it is an astonishing insight into a life and a situation that few Westerners come into contact with or can even conceive of.
At times the narrative slips into apologia and self-justification but it is still a powerful story and a riveting read. And there is a happy ending. I recommend it for anyone wanting an insight into the life of a migrant from the 3rd world, and it will especially resonate for anyone who has visited the Philippines or elsewhere in south east Asia.