Joanna Goodman

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Joanna Goodman’s #1 Bestselling Historical Fiction novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls was released April 17, 2018 to wide critical acclaim.

Joanna is the author of four previous novels, including The Finishing School, You Made Me Love You and Harmony. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Ottawa Citizen, B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly, and White Wall Review.

Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, and is at work on her sixth novel. She is also the owner of a well-known Toronto linen store, Au Lit Fine Linens.
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Joanna Goodman Michelle, this story is 100% true and one of Canada's darkest (and most forgotten/buried) scandals. In fact, my novel is very much "scaled back" in te…moreMichelle, this story is 100% true and one of Canada's darkest (and most forgotten/buried) scandals. In fact, my novel is very much "scaled back" in terms of how horrific the abuses actually were. A simple Google search will yield many, many stories far worse than anything I described. It is a tragic example of power and greed, and the impact on the lives of thousands of orphans. I've heard from orphans since the book has come out and so far all have thanked me for telling the story. Thanks for your question!(less)
Joanna Goodman What a great question! I suppose, in some ways, I would indeed be Stephanie... Though the work is fiction, Maggie was definitely inspired by my mother…moreWhat a great question! I suppose, in some ways, I would indeed be Stephanie... Though the work is fiction, Maggie was definitely inspired by my mother, who passed away on this very day, four years ago. Your question brought a couple of tears to my eyes. Thank you.(less)
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Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers is, in a word, epic. Great writing, captivating characters, and a totally gripping premise that was part history lesson - Makkai's research is meticulous and inspired - and part sprawling, generational family saga ...more
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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout is a masterpiece of prose and characterization. I adore Strout's style - clean, simple, poetic. Her characters are so thoroughly developed, so rich and real and painfully human. There's a simplicity to the story, ...more
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I'M SAYING IT IN ALL CAPS. Fleishman Is in Trouble is the debut novelist of profiler-to-the-stars extraordinaire Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I was expecting the book to be funny, and it was. Really, really, laugh-out-loud funny. ...more
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I adored Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter for so many reasons, first among them being the spectacular writing. Walter's description of Porto Vergogna and its cast of quirky characters wasmesmerizing. And then when we jump to Hollywood in the present, t ...more
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“El ego tiene una gran capacidad para aferrarse al amor no correspondido como si fuera una especie de fracaso personal, una mancha irrevocable en los logros del pasado.”
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“¿Acaso la implacabilidad y pasión con la que perseguían sus deseos más personales, la voluntad obstinada y la negación a aceptar un "no"como respuesta o a darse por vencida no demostraban que las dos poseían, en el interior, el mismo egocentrismo y la misma tenacidad? Quizás ni siquiera fuera algo malo.”
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