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Joanna Goodman


Joanna Goodman is the author of four previous novels, including Canadian bestseller, The Finishing School. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Ottawa Citizen, B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly, and White Wall Review, as well as excerpted in Elisabeth Harvor’s fiction anthology A Room at the Heart of Things.

Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, and is the owner of the Canadian linen company Au Lit Fine Linens.

Genres: General Fiction, Historical, Mystery
New and upcoming books
March 2024

The Inheritance
   Belle of the Bayou (1998)
   You Made Me Love You (2005)
   Harmony (2007)
   The Finishing School (2017)
   The Home for Unwanted Girls (2018)
   The Forgotten Daughter (2020)
   The Inheritance (2024)
   Trace of One (poems) (2002)
Joanna Goodman recommends
The Quintland Sisters (2019)
Shelley Wood
"The Quintland Sisters is an impeccably researched historical novel that will enthrall you. From the moment Shelley Wood introduced the remarkable Dionne quintuplets, I was utterly captivated...I could not get this story out of my head long after I finished reading it."
Secret Sisters (2017)
Joy Callaway
"Secret Sisters is a fascinating historical novel about one young woman's effort to establish the first women's fraternity at her college in 1881, while also trying to penetrate male dominated physicians' program where she is the only female student. Beth Carrington's crusade for equality is as à propos for these times as it was more than a century ago. You can't help but root for this sharp-witted, courageous heroine to stake her claim in a world in which she knows she deserves to be."

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