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The Home for Unwanted Girls

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 w...

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ISBN : 9780062684240
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Number of Pages : 384 pages
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  • Jen from Quebec :0)

    Wow. This book gets ALLLLL THE STARS! I *will* be returning to this space to write the proper review this book deserves, just as soon as my emotions have calmed down a wee bit. --Jen from Quebec :0)

  • Maureen Timerman

    This story takes place in rural Canada, near Montreal, and during a different period, the 1950’s. We are shown a family where there isn’t really a lot of love shown, the parents don’t seem to like one another, he is English and she is French, and like the Province they are like oil and water.

    A young couple get caught up and the result is an unwanted pregnancy, and at that time it was an embarrassment, and the child was put up for adoption, or so they thought.

    The author shows us a blight on histo

  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List

    Joanna Goodman has written a beautiful novel containing the entire range of emotions experienced by the human heart.

    The Home for Unwanted Girls tells the story of Quebec in the 1950s-1970s, but more specifically of Maggie, a young girl living in the Townships with an English-speaking father and French-speaking mother. At fifteen Maggie falls in love with the poor French boy from the next fair over. Under questionable circumstances, Maggie is forced to give up the child she becomes pregnant with

  • Sandra

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book.

  • Lana Shupe

    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.

    This book deals with one family's history of d

  • Danielle

    This was an interesting story but it lacked an emotional connection for me. I felt like the whole thing was happening at a remover, rather than being immersed and invested in the story.

  • Bookworm

    This was a fantastic book! One of those stories that grabs a hold of you from the start and doesn't let go. The writing, the plot, the character development, everything is superb!

    The story focuses on Quebec orphanages that were converted into mental hospitals in the 1950's as a way for the government and church to make more money. At that time, orphanages, which were run by the church, were paid a small amount of money. Out of greed, the provincial government opted to change the orphanages into

  • Lesley

    I am sorry but this wasn't a great book. Way to melodramatic. The love story (lust story) of Maggie and Gabriel was terrible and never fully developed. It read like a cheesy romance novel. I would have liked more story about their child and less about them. I gave up half way through. Too many other books on my list that I would rather be reading to waste my time on this one.