The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Baker & Taylor
Forced to give up her baby in 1950s Quebec when she becomes pregnant with her childhood sweetheart, Maggie makes the wrenching decision to abandon a more secure life to search for her daughter, Elodie, who, after enduring torturous conditions in orphanages and psychiatric hospitals, struggles to survive in an unnerving alien world. 20,000 first printing.


Philomena meets 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 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.





Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins Canada Ltd., 2018
ISBN: 9780062834089
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged)


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