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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 (349 évaluations)

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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
    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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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
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It's a tough story in the sweet end.

It's a tough story in the sweet end. seeing both sides of a common story is a good idea of ​​the author. The reader is great, she uses the tone and speed of voice needed to enjoy the moment. Congratulations!

  • Au global
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Gut wrenching and honest

I was shocked and appalled by what happened in Quebec in the 1950’s with Orphans. I had no idea. It is a tough story to realize how your so called benevolent country could reign such atrocities onto innocent children, and victims of their circumstance. There must be many of these victims still alive to day, and I wish they could find their voice, and tell their stories.
The Catholic Church was very much a part of this story and are responsible for the murderous and monstrous conditions these children endured. The Quebec Premier put the horrors in motion.
I bow my head in reverence to the author of this narrative. An excellent read/listen.

  • Au global
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Great book

i really liked this book. highly recommend it. i couldnt stop listening.i am sad that i am done

  • Au global
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Most provocative book I've read in a long time

As a French Quebecker, I was naturally drawn to this book. Like Maggie, I am neither fully French no fully English, so I was easily able to identify to her persona. This book as so well written and an absolute page turner, and, while I am not usually a history buff, it has made me want to read more about the Duplessis Orphans.
The narrator was outstanding, but I wish the producers had researched pronunciation a little more, as there were a few (but only a few) pronunciation errors which tended to grate at the ears.
Overall though... I was completely hooked from the very first lines of this book.

  • Au global
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exceptionally well read<br />

the characters voices are well done and the story grows between characters and eras. easy to listen to.

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Sad Story

This was a sad story, and it's amazing to me that these things occured in our recent history. This book was overall very good, however, I would have like the ending to be longer. It's easy to get emotionally attached to the characters in the book and the writer does a great job of sucking you into their lives. This book balances political and religious views with the effect that these two things have on every day people very well. I do think that Elodie could have had more parts in this book, the book is. after all, called "The Home for Unwanted Girls" yet you don't hear all that much about the actual home. Just bits and pieces throughout the book. All in all this is a story of a family, that goes through some of the hardest things one can imagine, and there is still a light at the end of the tunnel. The story is about fate and the everlasting bonds of family and blood.

  • Au global
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Good but heart-wrenching book.

I quite enjoyed this book. It was difficult to get through it at times, but that was because the subject matter was heavy. I would recommend this book.

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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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  • 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.

4 personnes sur 4 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • 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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  • Heidi
  • 2019-07-13

Really Good!

A wonderful listen. Infuriating, heartbreaking, touching historical fiction that will make you question the Church and those that are called to do God’s will. Highly recommend!

  • Au global
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  • Ryan Rubin
  • 2019-06-29

such a great book

amazing book! it's not often I found a book I really like but this is one of them.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Schber
  • 2019-06-12

Sad and moving

This is a well written book about some disturbing history in Canada. I will read more Joanna Goodman.

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  • LillyAz
  • 2019-05-29

Beautiful yet tragic

Beautiful yet tragic story. Talented narrator. The suffering difficult to digest. Finally, sweet compassionate ending!


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  • Charna Young
  • 2019-05-27

Sad tale of a horrific Quebec era!

Grew up in the 1950s close to an orphanage in Outremont run by nuns. The memory of a haunted-like structure is reawakened every time I revisit the area. Congratulation to the author who so vividly told the tale of the horrors that occurred as a result of the corrupt Duplessis era. Highly recommended listening!

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ray Stewart
  • 2019-05-24

Based on Events of the Time

Racial bias, religion, customs, circumstances, respect, fear and love are all involved in this novel. Captivating story.