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Who Were the Whiteoaks and Where Was Jalna:
an investigation into the sources of the Jalna novels of Mazo de la Roche

Written by
Heather Kirk

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210 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9781896133669
$19.95 CA

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About the Book Heather Kirk offers new sources for the fictional Whiteoak family in the world-famous Jalna novels by Canadian author Mazo de la Roche. The Whitesoaks were modelled on an ingenious combination of close relatives of de la Roche and her cousin and life-long companion Caroline Clement. What´s more, the Whiteoak´s estate, Jalna, was based on a combination of several large properties owned by these relatives in York and Simcoe counties.
For the sources of the Whiteoaks and Jalna, biographers would have looked beyond Halton County where de la Roche and Clement lived for a few years when they were in their thirties. They also should have looked beyond Peel County where de la Roche and Clement stayed for a few seasons when they were in their forties. De la Roche´s knowledge of rural life came primarily from the people and places of her childhood and youth.

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About the Author Heather Kirk

Heather Kirk is a Canadian author and college teacher. Her books include two linked novels about Poland for young adults, "Warsaw Spring" and "A Drop of Rain." "Wacousta" and "Be Not Afraid" were published by Borealis Press.

Heather Kirk lived and worked in Poland for two years. She has also published poems and several award-winning articles about Poland. For more information about Heather Kirk, please see her website at

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