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...
|Title||:||The Home for Unwanted Girls|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
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The Home for Unwanted Girls Reviews
The reunion was way too short. I hope the author considers continuing the story.
After reading this book, I looked up Duplessis Orphans. I didn't think it was possible, but I'm left even more disgusted by the catholic church.
This book is going to get people talking. Is it a riveting story about a horrible time in Canadian history? Yes. Does it deal with sensitive and emotional subject matter? Yes. Will it give readers a lot to talk about in their book clubs. Undoubtedly.
The story is told in alternating points of view of Maggie and Elodie, as they each struggle within the confines that society has placed on them in the hope that they'll be reunited with each other one day. But Goodman also incorporates other issues ...more
Traveling Friends Group Read
When I saw that beautiful, intriguing and haunting cover I knew I had to read this one. Just looking at the cover brought on some emotion. Not really knowing what the story was about it did take me a while to finally read it, but I have to say that it worked out well because when I did read this one the timing was perfect. We read this one in our Traveling Friends Goodreads Reading group. This one made for a really great and interesting discussion amongst us. So ...more
Canadian writers often have interesting things to say, both for their country, as for matters of more global interest, and they usually do it in a nice way. In this book, we deal with something from the first case as the author deals with some issues concerning this country and perhaps is not particularly well known outside of it. As for the way he does it, to tell the truth, I have not read many books of Canadian writers, but I will dare to say that the way of writing reminded me quite a lot of ...more
This heartbreaking tale earns 5 stars from me. And I love that cover!
This is a relationship- and character-driven novel that I really enjoyed. Set in Quebec, It was interesting to learn more about the animosity between the French and English speaking communities here. The book centers on Maggie, a teenager who enjoys working in her father's seed/gardening store and aspires to run the store someday. Maggie's father has made the choice for his children to speak English and tells his children to st ...more
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.
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 ...more