Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceitthe story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civilitymuch like Maggie Hughes parents. Maggies English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that dont include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggies heart is captured by Gabriel Phnix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her togive baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life back on track.Elodie is raised in Quebecs impoverished orphanage system. Its a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turnwhen Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides morefunding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns hands, finallyearning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both....
|Title||:||The Home for Unwanted Girls|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
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The Home for Unwanted Girls Reviews
I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I can feel the excitement. What I like about the book (this won’t make sense unless you read the book but…) is the following of the mother and daughter separately but during the same time. I also like that it doesn’t a ...more
Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy.
Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans that lived through this change led heartbreaking existences. So much has changed in our outward dealing with institutionalization and yet so little has changed in perception.
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Honestly I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to keep being immersed in Maggie’s life and felt like I was living it with her. Beautifully written.
3.5 stars ‘The Home for Unwanted Girls’ by Joanna Goodman is based upon a tragic occurrence in Canada’s history. Duplessis orphans were sent to mental institutions as their reclassification would provide higher subsidies. They were called Duplessis orphans because this occurred when Maurice Duplessis was premier of Quebec. A Catholic, “he put the schools, orphanages, and hospitals in the hands of religious orders, noting he "trusted them completely" (1). Doctors interviewed orphans and falsely d ...more
3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read.
Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by.
Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950’s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad’s influence more so than her mother’s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next door. When she finds herself pregnant, her parents avoid town gossip by forcing her to stay at her aunt’s house; they tell her it’s for her best interests when they whisk the baby away immediately after her birth and put ...more
Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful.