Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

the home for unwanted girls by joanna goodman


Delayed by a month, my book club finally managed an in-person meeting to discuss The Home for Unwanted Girls. Our hostess extraordinaire re-fitted her two-car garage for us to sit on folding chairs six feet apart. She even had individual snack bags prepared for us to avoid many hands in the chip bowl. You’re the best, Bonnie! The night only got better with an active discussion of this moving book inspired by the author’s mother. The tragic lives of Maggie and her daughter, Elodie, diverge and reunite against the backdrop of the cruelty of Catholic-run orphanages and the societal biases of French and Anglo citizens of Quebec in the 1950s. The injustices portrayed in the book are reminiscent of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I took minor comfort in learning evil lurks for vulnerable children in Canada, too.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

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