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The home for unwanted girls : a novel (original 2018; udgave 2018)

af Joanna Goodman

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Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit--the 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 civility--much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life 'back on track'. Elodie is raised in Quebec's impoverished orphanage system. It's a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns' hands, finally earning 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.… (mere)
Medlem:AnnaMlibrary
Titel:The home for unwanted girls : a novel
Forfattere:Joanna Goodman
Info:New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Samlinger:Læst, men ikke ejet
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Quebec, 1950s, unmarried mother, orphanage, historical fiction

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The Home for Unwanted Girls af Joanna Goodman (2018)

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L’afer Duplessis. Canadà anys 50. Orfenats. ( )
  ConxaM | Nov 22, 2020 |
I liked this one. But be warned that this is indeed heart-wrenching (as promised from the title), and is not for the faint of heart. I was captivated by Goodman's poignant prose and shocked by the horrible things that happened to the characters. Goodman is not kind to her characters. However, this made finishing the book all the more rewarding. Be prepared to cry with this one! ( )
  Keziah_456 | Sep 28, 2020 |
I enjoyed this story about the care of orphaned children in Quebec during the time of Premier Duplessis. It is based on the historical fact that orphanages were unilaterally converted to asylums and the orphans inside them deemed insane or mentally retarded. The Government the the Church were complicit in this.

Here we have a fictional tale told within this context about Maggie who is forced by her parents to give up the daughter she had at 16, interspersed with the story of that child (Elodie) growing up institutionalized. It's a good story, but I got bored with the delays in their inevitable reunion by the end. Maybe could have been a bit tighter. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 31, 2020 |
I loved the story and Canadian History and this book is full of Canadian references. But the end felt very rushed to me and I would have like to savor the relationship between the main characters a little bit more once the plot came full circle. I felt there there was so much build up and anticipation and then it just ended. Will try another by this author to see if this is a trend/style or just this particular story. ( )
  CatherineStewart | Mar 21, 2020 |
Quick read. Hard to put down. Harder to believe it was based on truth. So sad this existed in my lifetime! Really liked the characters also- enough development that you felt you knew them. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit--the 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 civility--much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life 'back on track'. Elodie is raised in Quebec's impoverished orphanage system. It's a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns' hands, finally earning 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.

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