Journal, The

By Lois Donovan

Journal, The
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This novel begins when 13-year-old Kami, the daughter of a Japanese-Canadian mother and a Scottish-Canadian father, moves with her mother from Vancouver to Edmonton. Here she hopes to reunite with the father who appears to have abandoned her. While rummaging through family boxes, ... Read more


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This novel begins when 13-year-old Kami, the daughter of a Japanese-Canadian mother and a Scottish-Canadian father, moves with her mother from Vancouver to Edmonton. Here she hopes to reunite with the father who appears to have abandoned her. While rummaging through family boxes, she finds an old diary written by her great-grandmother. While reading newspaper clippings inside, she is sent hurtling back in time to 1929, where she encounters extreme prejudice because of her Asian features. After a number of disturbing adventures, Kami is taken in as a domestic servant by Judge Emily Murphy, one of the "Famous Five," at the time of her battle to have women declared "persons" - a defining moment in the struggle for women's rights. Although Kami views Judge Murphy as a "heroine," she is startled to discover that Murphy holds racist views. On her return to the present, Kami must come to terms, not only with her own heritage, but how she views the ongoing struggle for the rights of all persons.

Lois Donovan

Lois Donovan was born in Montreal, but grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, prior to attending Acadia University in Nova Scotia. After completing her education degree in Edmonton, Lois taught there for three years before making Calgary her home.Her love of the beautiful Annapolis Valley sparked an interest in recreating the tragic tale of the Acadian people, which resulted in her first novel, Winds of L'Acadie. Lois is currently teaching and writing in Calgary where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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