Quote of the week:

"Art is unthinkable without risk and self-sacrifice."

Boris Pasternak


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The Home for Unwanted Girls, set against French-English tensions in 1950s Quebec

Philomena meets Orphan Train

Set during the Duplessis era, The Home For Unwanted Girls tells the interwoven tales of a mother and daughter separated in 1950s Quebec. Maggie was a teen when she was coerced into giving up her infant child Elodie in 1949. For years, Maggie hunted for the daughter she lost as Elodie searched for the mother she never had. Rooted in true events, Goodman weaves a gripping tale of abuse, family, and tradition set against the sweeping backdrop of tense Anglo-French relations in Quebec.

Joanna Goodman's heart-wrenching novel The Home For Unwanted Girls is available to French and English readers in Canada and the US. The English edition is published by HarperCollins, and the North American French edition is published by Saint-Jean Quebec for April 2018.




Terry Fallis and his identical twin brother.

Author! Author!

Terry Fallis knows about identical twins: He has an identical twin brother, and this deep knowledge is the wellspring for his forthcoming novel, One Brother Shy.

In this tale, the brothers are separated at birth and their stories unfold against the background of the Cold War, international hockey, London's high tech culture, and the severe psychic wounds of bullying.

Author Joseph Kertes writes that "[One Brother Shy] is a wonderful, powerful tale of pain and redemption. Treat yourself to One Brother Shy—you’ll get to see one of Canada’s finest storytellers at the top of his game."

Check out Terry's free podcasts of the novel on iTunes.

A Trial in Venice

A Trial in Venice, a new novel from bestselling author Roberta Rich, is set in 1579 in Veneto, among the villas of Palladio and in Venice's teeming Jewish Ghetto.

Midwife Hannah Levi rescued the newborn son of wealthy Venetians from being slain by his uncle, and fled to Contrantinople with the orphan baby Matteo. But Matteo, heir to fabulous riches, attracts the attention of the scheming Cesca and Foscari, who abscond with him to Venice. Foscari plots to have the court declare him guardian--and then kill the child. Hannah, lured to Venice to save her son, is arrested and tried for the murder of Matteo's uncle. 

This gripping, fast-paced novel, gloriously rich in detail, will be released April 2017. 





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