The year is 1908. The Robertson family have left the slums of London, England, for a better life in Canada. Jessie dreams of becoming a teacher and taking part in the exciting events unfolding in the new century. But she must battle the prejudices of those around her, and tragedy soon strikes the family. Jessie finds herself confined to the drudgery of housework and then a factory job. But when the workers decide to strike, Jessie finds both a voice and a vision of a stronger, more confident self.
Judi Coburn grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her early involvement in the women's movement led to her contribution to Women at Work, the first history of women's work in Ontario. She teaches history and English at the high school level, and has written a history of the former City of York. Family roots in both Toronto and Paris, Ontario, provided rich resources for this first novel. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.