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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 retired college teacher. Seeking Peace: The Quakers is Kirk´:s seventh published book. It is her second book about an important non-violent resistance movement. The first was Be Not Afraid: The Polish (R)evolution, "Solidarity." (The first received excellent reviews.) Kirk´s other published books include two linked novels for young adults, Warsaw Spring and A Drop of Rain. These books are set in Canada and Poland. Kirk has also published several books about world-famous Canadian novelist, Mazo de la Roche, author of the Jalna series. For more information about Heather Kirk and her books, please see her website at

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