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Joanna Goodman

Biography

Joanna Goodman

Joanna Goodman is the author of five novels, including #1 national bestseller, THE HOME FOR UNWANTED GIRLS, which was on The Globe & Mail’s Fiction bestseller lists for six months, as well as THE FINISHING SCHOOL, also a national bestseller. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly and White Wall Review, as well as excerpted in Elisabeth Harvor’s fiction anthology A Room at the Heart of Things. Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. Her new novel, THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER, will be published in October, 2020.
 

Joanna Goodman

Books by Joanna Goodman

by Joanna Goodman - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction

1992: French-Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical separatist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a prominent politician in 1970, has embraced her father’s cause. So it is a surprise when she falls for James Phénix, a journalist of French-Canadian heritage who opposes Quebec separatism. At the same time, James’s older sister, Elodie Phénix, one of the Duplessis Orphans, becomes involved with a coalition demanding justice and reparations for their suffering in the 1950s when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to mental hospitals, a heinous political act of Premier Maurice Duplessis which affected 5,000 children. Véronique is the only person Elodie can rely on as she fights for retribution, reliving her trauma, while Elodie becomes a sisterly presence for Véronique, who continues to struggle with her family’s legacy.