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The Home for Unwanted Girls

Auteur(s): Joanna Goodman
Narrateur(s): Saskia Maarleveld
Durée: 9 h et 58 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (212 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 38,59
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Description

Philomena meets The 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 15, 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 17, 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.

©2018 Joanna Goodman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Au global

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  • Au global
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heart breaking and beautiful

This historical fiction about Montreal in the 1950s is a complete page turner . The writing is amazing and the story, with its twists and turns had me hooked from the beginning.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Love story unimaginative

While Elodie's story moved me, her parents storyline was unimaginative and stereotypical. It would have been great if the love story was more developed.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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loved the book esp because its based on true facts. loved the narrators voice also thank you

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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good bed time story

interesting enough. some of the characters personalities didnt quite come across as convincing. was distracted by the female impersonating Male voices.

  • Au global
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Overall very good book!

This story feels very much like what I heard about those days and is well written. My only disappointment is, since I’m fully bilingual, the parts in French were often not 100% accurate, especially the song... it is a real song and could have been looked up online to fine the tune, instead of being read on an awkward rhythm. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to have an idea of what young mothers had to go through and how truly horrible les orphelins de Duplessis had it.

  • Au global
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Intriguing

If this is based on true events it’s very disturbing! It was a good story and an enjoyable read but the end was week.

  • Au global
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Good but a little rushed

Felt a few details were skipped over and the story rushed ahead but generally a good but tragic story. Makes you feel angry along side the daughter. would have liked to see the nuns get theirs! Can never tell if characters are supposed to be speaking French.

  • Au global
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Very Beautiful Story

I listened to this story with My Daughter. We both cried and were grateful for our relationship. The writing is poetic but very clear. Sadness and redemption.

  • Au global
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learn and be entertained

French Canadian history told with heart and tears. I would recommend it as an Audio book but I don't think I would have read it because of it's predictability.

  • Au global
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Must read!!

This was ultimately the best book I have ever come across. Great story about love, regret, family and strength. Bravo Joanna Goodman!

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  • Claudia D. Nichol
  • 2018-05-01

Sad story

Difficult to hear but unable to stop listening to the story. I have read many stories about orphans and adoptions and some of my first cousins were adopted. They are our family and we wouldn't be a complete family without them.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nevada
  • 2018-04-23

Is this a true story?

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 appear to be a work of fiction. I was enthralled and anticipating every new turn. I also can relate to a mother’s love of a child not in her care. I will say no more as not to spoil the book for others. I will end with this, I have never wanted to get to the end of a book so bad and wanting it to never end at the same time.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jason E Burgher
  • 2018-04-26

Best book I have read this year!!!!!!!!

I am in tears, this book was so great, and sad....... dont want to give anything away. READ IT PLEASE!!!!!!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Camille
  • 2018-12-12

Simply Fabulous

This story was invigorating, tear-jerking, and a definite "ear" turner! I didn't want it to end.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Andy
  • 2019-02-18

A book about unwanted PEOPLE finding a way to put meaning into life: Unexpectedly realistic with deep emotions of trauma

Honestly, I think the description of this book may be a bit misleading. It’s truly about a girl that we’re following that grows up into a woman, all along the way with many hardships. This happens over the course of many, many chapters. This girl gets pregnant at 15, gives birth at 16, and her baby is forcefully taken from her by her parents’ doing. Later she questions herself for letting this happen, but it is not her fault. However, we get to see her child’s point of view, and we see the parallels, yet also the drastic differences, between their lives. The mother grows up with a tough family, and the child grows up with no family. The historical part of this book comes in with some of the aspects of the English & French Canadians. However, the biggest historical aspect is that the orphanages in Canada were converted into mental hospitals (this actually happened). You can probably imagine how that may effect things, but you will have to listen to find out.

Overall, very, very good book. It was unexpectedly realistic with deep emotions of trauma in multiple different ways, but also subtly points out how you cannot express these traumatic moments to someone else and explain reasonings behind certain decisions that were made. It’ll probably make you think about people in your life that you have no true idea about what may have happened to them, because it would be wrong to speak of. I’m saying it this way to not ruin any aspects of the story, but all in all, it’s a good book that concludes incredibly well. Well as in: realistically, but not fictitiously satisfying. No stretches are made to make you happy by the ending, it is realistically satisfying. It is a very good listen, but is sure to break your heart multiple times, all the while making you smile along the way. So good. Listen to this book.

PSA: This book is definitely not for children, it’s pretty vulgar and includes multiple sexual “scenes.”

  • Au global
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-11

Amazing!

This novel was so breathtakingly beautiful! Heartbreaking and gut wrenching! I loved every second from beginning to end. I shed tears and felt anger! Amazing!

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ivy
  • 2018-12-11

Haunting and Emotional Read

This story this book tells took me off guard. It was a more haunting than "Before We Were Yours" but captures the horrificness of a similar orphan scandal in the 1950 era of Canada. The tale was emotional and a quick read. It took me about 1/3 of the book to get fully immersed in the story. It captures the reality that circumstance, family and cultural values play in decision making. The book explores the lifelong emotional impact those decisions make. The ending was happy and story well written.

  • Au global
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  • Sarah D
  • 2018-11-21

Wonderful!

Heart-wrenching and beautifully told, This story draws you in from the very beginning! The performance was perfect!!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • KW
  • 2018-11-11

Little known history, well worth the read

I loved this book. It reminded me of other stories that are based on less known historical facts, such as Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours. This book is set in Quebec tells the story of Maggie from when she was a young girl with a crush on the less well-off French boy next door until she is a grown woman. It also tells the story of Elodie, the child that Maggie is forced to give away when she is a teenager. Told from both perspectives and spanning 25+ years, this book is well worth a read. #DualPOV #Quebec #HistoricalFiction #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Au global
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  • Notimportant
  • 2018-10-08

I couldn't finish this book

This book was so incredibly bleak. I only made it about 3/4 through and had to quit. There was just one tragedy after another with very little happiness. The Narrator was excellent though.