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Title:
The home for unwanted girls : a novel
Author:
Goodman, Joanna, 1969- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Physical Description:
364 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
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.

1950s Quebec. 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. Maggie becomes pregnant by Gabriel Phénix at fifteen; her parents force her to give the baby up for adoption. Raised in Quebec's impoverished orphanage system, Elodie is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Treated abysmally by the nuns, Elodie earns her freedom at seventeen. Maggie, married to a businessman, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon. A chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062834089
Format :
Book