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The Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes
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Nov 06, 11

bookshelves: bookcrossing, canadiana, 8-star
Recommended to Mrsgaskell by: Pooker3
Read on November 05, 2011

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Set during World War II at an aviation plant in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, it portrays an interesting period of Canadian history, and particularly women's roles on the home front. The story is told from the points of view of four very different women. There's Audrey, a spunky, engaging, underage runaway from Alberta who is hired as snack-cart girl, as well as unofficial spy for the head stenographer. Ruby, the head stenographer, is a local girl and former beauty queen, a wannabee investigative reporter who contributes to The Factory Voice, waiting for the story that will be her big break. She's not above using and manipulating others to achieve her goals. Fat and ungainly Florence is another local who works as a riveter and is learning to weld. There are problems with her security clearance since her mother is suspected as a "Red Finn". Muriel McGregor is the new Head Engineer from Vancouver, she's also a polio survivor. Her character is based on Elsie MacGill, the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering. It was worth reading the book just to learn about this woman. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsie_Ma... ) The factory has a high proportion of female employees but there are enough men to cause entanglements and complications in the lives of these women. The plant is under high security and suspicions run high, especially since some "subversives" escaped from a detainee camp and there have been problems on recent test flights. My review wouldn't be complete without adding that I loved the northern Ontario setting.
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