By Christene A. Browne
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?
Praise for 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." - 49th Shelf
"Broken souls, wounded by those who should love but rather have left imprints of (unlove), they journey together through their pains and mental health issues, impacted by those early and continued wounds. In their own ways and within their own capacities, they support each other. ... Both compelling, and pedagogical, readers will find it difficult to leave the pages until the end. A raw, artfully crafted story." - A Different Booklist Bookstore
“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 Journal
“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
About the Author
Christene A. Browne is the author of the novel Two Women. She is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been broadcasted and screened internationally. In 1999 Browne became the first Black woman to direct and write a dramatic feature in Canada, Another Planet. 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. She is currently completing a feature length documentary and working as a lecturer in the Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto.
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Release: September 25, 2018
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