The Forgotten Daughter
The triumphant story of two women divided by their past, but united by friendship--inspired by true events
For fans of Jojo Moyes, from the bestselling author of The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes another compulsively readable story of love and friendship, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their futures.
Divided by their past, united by love.
1992: French-Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical separatist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a prominent politician in 1970, has embraced her father’s cause. So it is a surprise when she falls for James Phénix, a journalist of French-Canadian heritage who opposes Quebec separatism. Their love affair is as passionate as it is turbulent, as they negotiate a constant struggle between love and morals.
At the same time, James’s older sister, Elodie Phénix, one of the Duplessis Orphans, becomes involved with a coalition demanding justice and reparations for their suffering in the 1950s when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to mental hospitals, a heinous political act of Premier Maurice Duplessis which affected 5,000 children.
Véronique is the only person Elodie can rely on as she fights for retribution, reliving her trauma, while Elodie becomes a sisterly presence for Véronique, who continues to struggle with her family’s legacy.
The Forgotten Daughter is a moving portrait of true love, familial bonds, and persistence in the face of injustice. As each character is pushed to their moral brink, they will discover exactly which lines they’ll cross—and just how far they’ll go for what they believe in.
Canadian writer Goodman (The Home for Unwanted Girls) draws on the history of Quebec separatism and the thousands of children known as the Duplessis orphans, who were wrongly declared mentally ill in the 1940s and '50s as part of a political corruption scheme, in this emotionally charged novel. In 1992, 20-something separatist Veronique Fortin, whose father served 12 years for a murder he committed in 1970 as part of the cause, meets journalist James Phenix. James and Veronique fall in love, but their opposing political views he's in favor of Canadian unity hamper the relationship. Veronique befriends James's older sister, Elodie, who was sent to an orphanage in the 1950s after her unwed mother gave her up, and faced abused after Quebec's government converted her orphanage to a mental institution. Though Elodie was reunited with her parents when she was 24, she bears emotional scars from her ordeal and is part of a group of Duplessis orphans seeking justice. When James and Veronique's relationship falters, Veronique's bond with Elodie remains strong even as Elodie continues her quest to expose the province's corrupt history. Goodman brings the horrors and complexities of recent Canadian history to life with vivid, realistic characters. Readers will be spellbound.