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Family Secrets, also released in Brazilian Portuguese as Segredos de Família, by Brazilian novelist Marileide Andersen, is the story of two young lovers manipulated by the circumstances. 

The story begins in 1968 when sixteen-year-old Catherine, a fragile girl, tries to break away from her wealthy father’s control to live her first love. 


Now, fast forward to 2015. Catherine is sixty-three, and the matriarch of her family. When a family secret is revealed, it triggers consequences that will change the lives of everyone she loves. 

This is the story of how triumphant the power of love can be. Is an undying love capable of overcoming tragedies from the past and all of its outcomes reaching to the present?


Finally, it’s the story of Max, a teenager guided by courage and willpower alone, trying to uncover the secret that almost destroyed his family forever.


Family Secrets will take you to the heart of families, where the greatest cruelties happen.


Marileide Andersen seeks in real life the inspiration to create her works of fiction. Now, she invites you to the launch of her debut novel, Family Secrets, which is being published simultaneously in English and Portuguese.

“I’ve been writing for the past 25+ years. I love writing. I enjoy the experience of coming up with a storyline, then finding out where it’ll take me up to the end. It’s like running a marathon. It’s not going to end quickly, because it’s a process. A writer must be fully committed for as long as it takes to finish it. But in the end, the reward is there.”

                            Marileide Andersen

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