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When Anna and Sadie discover the diaries of their mother, Rebecca, in the days following her death, they learn that her life was far more complex than either of them knew: a garment worker in early-1900s New York; the reluctant wife in an arranged marriage to an ailing and abusive husband; the improbable friend of a pregnant prostitute.

But the diaries reveal more than just
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2002)
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In 1909 Rebecca Ignatow starts her diary, expressing her anger about the marriage her father has arranged for her. 78 years later, her daughters Sadie and Anna are reunited at Rebeccas' funeral. When Anna discovers their mother's journal, she and Sadie find out aspects of their mother's life they could have never imagined, as well as secrets about their family that change the way they view their mother - and themselves - forever.
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John Miller is the award-winning author of three novels of literary fiction. Born in Toronto in 1968, he spent his childhood in Ottawa and Toronto, benefiting from Canada’s bilingual education system.

With a B.A. from McGill and an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands, he returned to Toronto in 1992 to begin a career in social services.

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