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Gone to An Aunt's: Remembering Canada's Homes for Unwed Mothers

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Thirty or forty years ago, everybody knew what that phrase meant: a girl or a young, unmarried woman had gotten herself pregnant. She was “in trouble.” She had brought indescribable shame on herself and her family. In those days it was unthinkable that she would have her child and keep it. Instead she had to hide. Most likely she would be sent away to a home for unwed moth ...more
Unknown Binding, 248 pages
Published April 25th 1998 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1998)
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Sarah King
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book about homes for “unwed mothers” in Canada in the 50s and 60s. Anne Petrie’s journalistic style offered an in-depth look at these homes, told through the stories of women (including herself!) who had been residents in them, all across the country. It was really interesting to see how perspectives on women and sex shaped actions by (primarily) religious groups and how understandings of “charity” and “duty” changed how women were treated in different homes.
Lex
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book Description from amazon: Thirty or forty years ago, everybody knew what that phrase meant: a girl or a young, unmarried woman had gotten herself pregnant. She was “in trouble.” She had brought indescribable shame on herself and her family. In those days it was unthinkable that she would have her child and keep it. Instead she had to hide. Most likely she would be sent away to a home for unwed mothers, where she would stay in secrecy until her baby was born and given up for adoption. “Gone t ...more
Miranda
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A clearly-written, honest book. I respect the author for sharing such a personal story and I learned a lot from her story and those of the other women who shared their experiences. This is a fascinating piece of very recent history that I wish was more documented or at least spoken about more. It is interesting to me that this kind of thing took place less than 100 years ago.
Rob & Liz
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Discriptions of life in homes for unwed mothers in the 1950's and 60's. Anne petrie was herself an unwed mother and this with her research into other women's experiences makes a thought provoking read. It is hard to believe in 2011 that that kind of cruelty occurred.



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Jennifer
Aug 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Fascinating memoir/social history about unmarried motherhood in Canada between the 1950s-1970s.
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I felt like reading this book after reading Girl Like Us. It made me realize that things had been really rough for Joni Mitchell, an unwed mother in the early 60s.
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