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The Home for Unwanted Girls

Auteur(s): Joanna Goodman
Narrateur(s): Saskia Maarleveld
Durée: 9 h et 58 min
Catégories: Littérature, Historique
4.5 out of 5 stars (525 évaluations)

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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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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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loved the book esp because its based on true facts. loved the narrators voice also thank you

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Being Picky

I have listened to other books read by Maarleveld and enjoyed them. This one bothered me. The French accent was a French (France) accent - not at all a Québecois accent. Some place names were mispronounced - this got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. And a few details in the story (e.g. there were no streetcars or trams in Montreal after about 1959 - but one appears in the book at a later date) irked. This is an important story to tell so on the whole I liked the book, though I found the ending too pat.

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Was a Little Disappointed

I was really hoping to like this book, but struggled to finish. I found it extremely hard to connect to any character and found the book was very all over the place and skipped to one event to the next.

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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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Loved this

I loved this book. it starts slow. then takes you into the lives of a mom and her daughter.

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It really hits home being part French Canadian.

The characters in this story could be anyone of my Aunts or Uncles. There were so many hardships for the poor french canadians... And so many influences because of church and government.
My family is still trying to find each other and put back all the pieces.

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Amazing!

Loved it! I couldn't stop listening. I highly it recommend to anyone looking for a great book

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Love this memoir!

This book is about heartbreak, strength of a woman, child, and the lifetime bond between a mother and her child. I loved the voices, I couldn’t wait for the next time I could listen.
A story of history that is unimaginable for most of us,
The government, the Catholic Church and the ruler Duplessis at the time turned orphans into brutalized victims.

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want a good a listen this is the book

very Easy to listen to and follow A very touching story close to home, makes you feel lucky for all you have!!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Charna
  • 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!

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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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  • Tracy A Gabehart
  • 2020-02-12

Great story

Great narrator. Interesting and sad story. Very well written. I recommend. It kept my attention

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  • Elizabeth B.
  • 2020-01-22

loved loved loved!

absolutely loved book, I could not wait to find out what happens next. it is a very heart felt and touching story.

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  • Lissa Heise
  • 2020-01-14

Good telling of the growing up years.

It helps to understand how young girls feel. The pains of coming of age. Good perspective.

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  • Jayme Chapman
  • 2019-11-25

such a heartbreaking story - great performance

this is definitely one that I would recommend. had brought tears to my eyes through a few parts of the novel but it was performed magnificently parts that I wish they would have expanded on a little was the ending. I don't want to give any sing away

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  • Janet
  • 2019-11-13

loved the book and the narrator .

Didn't want to stop listening. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to. What a powerful picture of the church's strength and the harm done in the name of Jesus.