Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman at Jill’s

Our second pandemic book club meeting was with Jill and started with most of us participating in a fun online cooking class with Melissa Clark

And then …..we discussed the very sad Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. Many of us were surprised by how much we learned about this dark time in Canadian history.

From Karen:

Reading Home for Unwanted Girls made me aware of a sad period in Canadian history and one that I knew little about. It is horrific to realize that the Quebec provincial government and the Catholic church systematically certified orphans as mentally ill for financial gain. Horrible and unforgiveable. I agree with Moira that those involved should have been criminally charged. A financial settlement can never make up for the years of abuse suffered by those innocent children.

From Moira:

Thank you Jill for adding your research to highlight the author’s background. As Josee said, it certainly was a dark time in Quebec’s history, but I am truly thankful that it has been exposed and hope this means an honest commitment by the government to make sure it can never occur again.

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