The Secret Diary of Helen Blackstone by Michele Pariza Wacek is an account of Helen’s experience of going home after a five-year absence. From 15 May 1929 to 01 June 1929 Helen describes her struggle to reconnect with her father, her brother “Henry” (who could be Edward at times) and a lifestyle that, unknown to her, had descended into near poverty. She hadn’t exactly wanted to leave their home, but the house she called home had been the scene of a tragedy. Her mother had at first become mad and had finally committed suicide. After an undetermined period of grief, Edward had been sent to school and Helen had been sent to work to help pay for Edward’s school.