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In Exile from My Montreal by [Hoeller, Susie Yovic]
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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.

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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc. (August 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090NFG8E
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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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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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By Marcel on August 24, 2012
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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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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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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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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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One normally thinks that Canada, being our close neighbor, is just like us. But that is not true, something I learned from reading this book. Susie Hoeller moved from Chicago to Montreal when she was six. What's the big deal? I could not put the book down when I started. Her younger days in Baie D'Urfe are evocative of those peaceful days past, close community life, mother at home tending to her 3 kids - a life that one could envy seen from the vantage point of the hurly burly professional life most women have today. Susie is now a very successful lawyer. Have you read about her many faceted life. But most interesting is her true story of growing up in a unique time and place which no longer exists and which can only be captured in her beautiful writing.
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