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What We Once Believed

This novel by Andrea MacPherson is about a woman whose quiet life is upended by the appearance of her mother, who disappeared nine years earlier.

Andrea MacPherson

(Caitlin Press)

Summer, 1971. While women demand equality, protests erupt over the Vietnam War and peace activists march, adolescent Maybe Collins' life in quiet Oak Bay is upended by the appearance of her mother, who disappeared nine years earlier.

And with her return comes another surprise: she's written a best-selling memoir called The Other Mother, about motherhood and Women's Liberation, which gives only passing reference to Maybe's existence. Camille, now an acclaimed author, is distant and confounding, and Maybe tries to piece together her mother's life — why she left, the truth behind her famous memoir and the future of their fractured relationship.

But when Maybe discovers that her mother is writing another book — a book about her return — the betrayal is fierce and painful and Maybe resolves to teach Camille a lesson that will change them all forever. (From Caitlin Press)

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