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In Exile from My Montreal [Kindle Edition]

Susie Yovic Hoeller
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Susie Yovic Hoeller tells her story about growing up on the West Island of Montreal when the city was the cosmopolitan jewel of Canada. In 1963, as a nine-year-old girl, she posed as a boy to play hockey in an organized league. The same year, she underwent open heart surgery performed by a young doctor who was later awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to medicine.

Readers are transported back to the Beatles concert at the Forum, Expo 67, Trudeaumania, the Expos at Jarry Park, and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Susie recounts personal vignettes about the “mukluks and mudrooms” of Baie D’Urfé, sailing on Lake St. Louis, skiing in the Laurentians, dining at the famous restaurant, Ruby Foo’s, and her American born parents adjusting to singing “God Save the Queen” at the local movie theatre.

In Exile from My Montreal is a must read for everyone who loves Canada and for all others who enjoy true stories which illuminate a unique time and place which no longer exists.

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From the Author

I believe my memoir will transport readers back to the Beatles concert at the Montreal Forum, Expo 67, Trudeaumania, the Expos playing baseball at Jarry Park, the Canadiens winning multiple Stanley Cup Championships, and the 1976 Summer Olympics. I played hockey in an organized boy's league back when girls were simply not allowed to play hockey. I describe the "mukluks and mudrooms" of Baie D'Urfe, sailing on Lake St. Louis, skiing in the Laurentians, dining at the famous restaurant Ruby Foo's, and my American born parents adjusting to singing "God Save the Queen" at the local movie theatre. My book tells a story of my profound joy in growing up in Montreal when it was still the largest and most dynamic city in Canada. The entire world was fascinated with Montreal when it was Canada's "undisputed metropolis" - as then Mayor Jean Drapeau described it. Montreal was the center of culture, fashion, sports, industry, finance, and global trade in Canada. My memoir also tells a story of profound loss in having to leave Montreal as part of the late 1970s Anglophone Exodus. The audience is not limited to to Montrealers or ex-Montrealers. All readers should enjoy my story which combines personal anecdotes with Canadian historical events.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc. (August 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090NFG8E
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Memoir of a Special Place in Time August 27, 2012
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For any current or former Montrealer who lived there in the 1960s-70s - and especially those who lived in the bucolic West Island suburb of Baie d'Urfe - this book is a delighful trip down memory lane, but one that is also tinged with sadness. It is, after all, written by someone who considers herself an unwilling exile from that place in time. The result is really two books in one. One is a highly personal account of a young American girl's (and her family's) experience of moving to and then growing up in a foreign culture. Susie Yovic Hoeller paints a picture of an almost idyllic community and life. Memory is, of course, selective, and Susie has chosen mostly to "accentuate the positive". But anyone who lived there then will probably come away from this memoir feeling that she did not 'gild the lily' too much. And she is equally on the mark when she shifts her attention to Montreal itself, which in the 1960s was without question the most exciting city in Canada in which to live. But expanding the horizons gives the reader her second book, which takes us into the social upheaval that was shaking Quebec in that era - the Quiet and sometimes not so quiet Revolution. Susie puts a stark, deeply personal face on it. The policies of the Parti Quebecois cost her parents their businesses and their livelihoods, and forced them and their family (and so many Anglophones like them) into exile. The ache of that loss is palpable, and it is to Susie's credit that in this book she is able to recall so much of what was good in that place in time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!! August 14, 2012
By Martin
Format:Paperback
If you're from Montreal or Quebec or just enjoy books on Canadiana - "the way we were" - this well written nostalgic memoir will touch on every emotion - I couldn't put it down!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We clearly speak the same language. September 29, 2012
By Victor
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You had me hooked at "Guy and Goldie Cranston" in the Prologue.

IEFMM arrived from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. I put it on my "to be read pile" and, since it was on the top of the pile, I saw it on a daily basis. Not being in the mood for a business book this Saturday morning I picked up yours. I finished it in one sitting!

We clearly speak the same language.

Guy, Goldie and Martin were in my Mac High graduating class. I boated on Lake St. Louis; skied at Mt. Rigaud, Ste. Sauveur, Jay Peak, etc., went to Expo, but didn't see The Beatles. I even think I had friends who lived on Devon Place - the Thorntons (Chris & Penny)???

I have no recollection of you. But I know you now! :-)

Thanks for writing the book. If you're a fan of Seth Godin you can now count me as a member of your "tribe". I'll recommend it to other ex-Montrealers.

PS - John and Yoko did their "in bed for a week" at the QE not the Ritz though I like the Ritz better. Or maybe I should say I liked the Ritz better not knowing if it, too, is the same as I remember.

PPS - last time I was in Montreal Ben's deli was being converted into condos. You aptly end the book with the same truism I often bemoan myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Canadians August 30, 2012
By Jeremy
Format:Paperback
I learned about 'In Exile from My Montreal' from a friend who had read and thoroughly enjoyed it. As an Australian who has never visited Canada, I was a little skeptical about whether I would be able to relate.
However, I found myself completely engrossed from the first chapter. It is written in such a way that it doesn't matter if you aren't familiar with the setting, it is still very easy to connect with the story. I enjoyed reading such an honest and personal account from a very interesting childhood.
I almost wish I had grown up in Montreal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories August 24, 2012
By Marcel
Format:Paperback
Susie Yovic's family were backdoor neighbors of ours in Baie d'Urfe, Canada. Both families, transplants from the U.S., were good friends. Susie and her brothers played with my children.(Unlike the Yovics, we were relocated back to the States after three years.) I started reading the book and couldn't put it down. It brought back such wonderful memories.I coached hockey at the same rink down the street; I rotated twins Guy and Goldie Cranston as goalies. It's true, we all made the most out of winter; we'd put newborn Robert in a clothes basket, tie it to a sled and tow it behind us as we tramped the new fallen snow (average snowfall was 111" per year). I was watching the Montreal Canadiens on TV the Saturday night of the Great Blackout; we were without power for four days. Ste. Anne's was a charming, small French Canadian town next door where we did the shopping. If you have ever lived in this area of Greater Montreal, you will savor the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL MEMOIR September 7, 2012
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Susie Hoeller has written a lovely and nostalgic memoir of her childhood in Montreal, exploring in beautiful detail and with refreshing honesty how her family smoothly adapted to its exotic new Canadian locale, and then how they were eventually and brutally forced to leave paradise. I learned a great deal about Canadian politics and also about the feisty and intelligent author and hockey enthusiast who, from childhood, set out to define her life with originality, style, spunk, and courage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute pleasure to read! August 29, 2012
By Tina
Format:Paperback
In Exile From My Montreal is a delightful narrative of a perceived utopia in more simpler times. The reader is taken on a fabulous journey filled with excitement, sport and mouth-watering cuisine. I could not help but feel envious of the author's treasured upbringing in a once-magical Montreal. The second part of the book was a really great history lesson that more Americans should know about. Overall, if you love hockey, snow, or Canada, this is a MUST read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as we remembered it!
As expected and enjoyed it thoroughly. We lived there at the same time and it was a trip down memory lane.
Published 17 months ago by T. Jester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and insight into the city and life of Montreal
I thoroughly enjoyed reading In Exile from Montreal. Once I started, I could not put it down as the story transported me back to my own memories of spending summers in Canada. Read more
Published 20 months ago by LindaJ
4.0 out of 5 stars In Exile from My Montreal
Wonderful book. Made me tear up and then some. Sheds light on what we have lost in this great city. Hopefully the Republic Of Montreal will fix all this. [...]
Published 20 months ago by EFXP
5.0 out of 5 stars Exile from Montreal
This story holds your attention from the beginning to the end! I could not put the book down once I started reading it

The author does an excellent job explaining the... Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by CK
5.0 out of 5 stars My home
Montreal, Baie D'Urfe in particular, will always be home. Was a great view of life in a wonderful small town. My family, the Patriquins, are all getting our hands on it. Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by Beth Shafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic memories of Montreal
What a great read! I immigrated to Montreal in the mid-50s and lived here for 4 years before having the chance to travel all over the world and returning to stay in the early... Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by Ennio
2.0 out of 5 stars The Anglosization of Memory
Nice easy read which for an ex-Montrealer permitted a shared experience. The conversational writing style glides you along rather quickly through the writer's limited perspective. Read more
Published on November 3, 2012 by Wayne Lucey
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a letter from a dear friend
This book reads like a long letter from a dear friend or relative. The family traditions experienced by a child, the daily events that make up their lives, their experience of the... Read more
Published on October 7, 2012 by Todd W. Lund
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as an ex-pat
I found this book to be an enjoyable easy-to-read memoir of not just the city of Montreal but also of an American abroad. Read more
Published on October 4, 2012 by Rabbid Reader
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More About the Author

Susie Yovic Hoeller is an international business attorney.

In her new book "Lean on Jesus:Christian Women in the Workplace", Susie hopes to help women transform themselves and their workplaces using the power of Christian love. Her book combines spiritual wisdom and practical advice for all women regardless of where they work or in what positions. The book is small and compact - Take it with You! Read it "On the Go" when facing difficult issues and challenges at work.

In 2012, Susie wrote about growing up in Montreal when the city was the cosmopolitan jewel of Canada in her memoir "In Exile from My Montreal."

She has also written books and professional articles on food and consumer product safety, immigration policy, antitrust law, and ethics. Susie earned her law degree at Vanderbilt University and her B.A. cum laude at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. At Colby, Susie was the founder of the women's ice hockey program before the passage of Title IX. Susie attended Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec and she graduated from Macdonald High School in suburban Montreal.

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