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BOOK - Whatever Happened to Mary Janeway? A Home Child Story
By Mary Pettit
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012

Softcover... 26.95 (C$)
Sixteen-year-old Mary Janeway, a home child, is desperate to escape from her rural home child placement and flees to London, Ontario, to find a domestic position. When conditions become unbearable, she moves on, vowing never to relinquish her freedom again.

After she arrives in Hamilton as a young bride, she quickly adapts to the urban conveniences and the marvels of new inventions that include electric sewing machines, sulphur matches, street stoplights, a one-horsepower Brunswick refrigerator, the advent of the zipper, and the beginning of radio. But even the latest technology canít stop the ravages of disease and other family tragedies.

Mary lives through two world wars, the Spanish Influenza, and the Great Depression. In spite of many hardships, she remains a strong, resilient woman well into her senior years and makes many contributions to Hamilton, the city she calls home.

This book continues the story told in Pettit's earlier book, Mary Janeway, The Legacy of a Home Child

Mary Janeway is godmother to author Mary (Hewson) Pettit.

Authors Note:
    author: Mary Pettit"Mary Janeway is a real person. Over time she told her stories to me. Innerkip is a town in rural Ontario, in Oxford County. The Jacgues family did live outside of Innerkip.

    Not all characters, however, are real; I chose names for them at random while wandering through Innerkip Cemetery one rainy afternoon. They are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. The book, The Early Days of Innerkip District by Zella Hotson, provided much of the historical context.

    I have taken some literary liberties and indulged in some embellishments while conscious of preserving the integrity of my dstory. My intertion was to show compassion for characters and record the events accurately as my research and memory would permit."
288 Pages
6 X 9
Softcover - perfect-bound
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
ISBN 978-1-45970-171-7

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