Everything you need to understand or teach The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi.
The Hiding Place begins in 1960 before the narrator, Dolores Gauci, is born. Dolores is the sixth of six daughters, born to Mary, a frustrated housewife, and Frankie, a compulsive gambler. Mary and Frankie both see hope in the birth of this last child. Perhaps this one will be the boy they have wanted for so long. However, Dolores' birth is marked by disappointment and the biggest loss Frankie could possibly suffer. Frankie gambles and loses his share in a cafy that is the family's livelihood.
Barely a month later, Frankie takes the rent money to gamble on a horse, leaving Mary to explain this to the rent collector. A fire starts in the kitchen while Mary is outside with the rent collector, and Dolores is burned. Then to add insult to injury, the man who owns their house is an old friend of Frankie's who claims the Gaucis'...
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