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Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry – By Patricia Skidmore

A Home Child Experience

By Patricia Skidmore

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Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry

Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry will make readers want to cry. After drying their tears, they may think about other questionable social engineering experiments (like the residential schools for native people) and about the big holes in our present-day social safety net. Let's hope that Skidmore's excellent book completes the restoration of Marjorie Arnison's spirit.
Let’s hope that this book leads to a greater understanding of what it was like to be a home child — and that the understanding will make it easier for more people to come to terms with having a parent with, apparently, no past.
This is a story of not just loss but of engagement between a mother and daughter trying to recover and record a personal journey that affected three generations. It will stand as a testimony to understanding the effect of separation from home and family on thousands of British child migrants sent to Canada and Australia.

Geoffrey Sherington
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