The Dionne Years A Thirties Melodrama

By: Berton, Pierre

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Light edge wear to DJ a couple of short tears, small chip to fore edge.; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector, tight solid book. ; B&W Illustrations; 9.50 X 6.50 X 1 inches; 232 pages; "An account of the struggles of the Dionne quintuplets, from "million-dollar babies" to impoverished adults, and their ultimate triumph in the battle for compensation after years of exploitation.In February 1998, a press conference was held by three tired 63-year-old women, who held up a sign that read JUSTICE NOT CHARITY. Eight days later, the Ontario government -- who had ignored the three surviving Dionne quintuplets' pleas for three years -- bowed to public opinion and awarded $4 million to the sisters and to their two nieces, Marie's daughters. The miracle babies -- to this day the world's only surviving identical quintuplets -- were raised in a compound separated from their family and put on display for thousands of tourists. "Quintland" became a cash cow for the Ontario tourism industry, and many people benefited from the bizarre, micro-managed lifestyle the children were forced to live. As teens they were returned to their family, who were like strangers to the girls. As young adults they turned to convents or to marriage and motherhood, desperate to establish lives of their own. Physical ailments continued to plague them, however, with two sisters dying tragically young: Emilie at age 20, and Marie at age 35. In addition to the personal struggles the three sisters candidly relate, 'The Dionnes' recounts the stories of their friends, families, lawyers, supporters, and legions of admirers. It was journalist Ellie Tesher's heartfelt coverage of the sisters' plight that led to a public outcry, ultimately forcing Ontario's Harris government to come up with the money they had pledged not to give."

Title: The Dionne Years A Thirties Melodrama

Author Name: Berton, Pierre

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Canada, Canadiana,

Edition: 1st; Second Printing

Publisher: New York, W. W. Norton & Co.: 1978

ISBN Number: 039307529X

ISBN Number 13: 9780393075298

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket

Seller ID: 17028

Keywords: Dionne Ontario Quintuplets