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Philomena (Unloved)
By (author): Christene A. Browne
9781772600766 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 25, 2018 Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 in 230 pages Second Story Press
What is it to be unloved?

Born in the Caribbean, Philomena Jones is abandoned by her mother and left to the mercy of her grandmother, who, after raising eight children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey for the island’s new pastor. She leaves home for America, hoping to find her mother, but ends up drifting and battling mental illness. Relocated to a supportive housing facility, Philomena meets a diverse cast of women who, despite their wildly differing backgrounds and difficulties, share one common bond; their history of abuse. In this most unexpected of places, will Philomena finally find the family she has been longing for?

Toronto book launch ARCs/advance copy mailing to key reviews/media Digital advanced review copies on NetGalley, Edelweiss Promotion to: schools, libraries Promoting book at BEA, ALA, ABA Social Media Promotion Advertising in Cdn. Trade Publications Promotion to Mental Health journalists, bloggers Bookmarks Co-op Available

Christene A. Browne is an award-winning filmmaker. Her 1999 film Another Planet was the first feature film directed by a Black woman in Canada. In 2011 she was awarded the Visionary award by TheWIFTS Foundation for her ground-breaking documentary series Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language, featuring Noam Chomsky. Along with documentary filmmaking, she works as a lecturer in the Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto.

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In her second novel, Philomena (Unloved), Christene A. Browne pushes the conversation around sexual violence and #MeToo forward to include vulnerable women who've not yet had their voices heard. -

This is a thought-provoking narrative that underscores the many ways people can undergo trauma and highlights the importance of mental health care...A good addition to most YA shelves. - School Library Journals

Philomena (Unloved) is mostly disturbing, but it is also encouraging and does have some humorous sections. Though it deals with very dark issues including sexual abuse, mental health, and suicide, in the end it presents a sense of hope and provides a definition of resilience that would otherwise be difficult to convey...Highly Recommended. - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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