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The Factory Voice

by Jeanette Lynes

The Factory Voice

The lives and dreams of four vital, engaging women revolve around mysterious events at a Fort William aircraft factory in 1941.

The lives and dreams of four vital, engaging, women revolve around mysterious events at a Fort William military aircraft factory in 1941.

Loyalty and betrayal, love and worthiness, friendship and ambition are the themes which connect the characters in this lively, quirky, fast-paced novel.Wrapped around the stories of these four women, is a mystery.

Something's gone wrong with the Mosquitoes being built for the war effort -- they keep crashing in flight tests, for no apparent reason. Is the problem with their design, or are they being sabotaged? By whom? The traitorous Red Finns? The political subversives who have recently escaped from one of the nearby prison camps? Everyone's on high alert and "The Factory Voice" keeps abreast of the details or at least the rumours.

Rich with forties language and imagery, especially the sights and sounds of an assembly plant, The Factory Voice is a quirky, light-hearted mystery about the daily lives of factory workers and in particular of women in a time of transition, both for their personal lives and for the society in general


5" x 8" 288 pages
21.00 CDN; 21.00 USD
E-Book Price
Fiction Tradepaper Adult
Jeanette Lynes
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About the Author

Jeanette Lynes is an award-winning author and has published half a dozen collections of her poetry, as well as both appearing in and editing several anthologies.The Factory Voice is her first published work of fiction.

She has served in writer-in-residence positions in Saskatoon and Dawson Creek, BC. She holds a Ph.D in English from York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Jeanette spent six years working in Thunder Bay before taking her current position as an English professor at St. Francis Xavier University where she is the campus newspaper editor.

She currently lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

From the author: I've always loved to write. When I was growing up on a farm in Ontario, I made newspapers of local goings-on in the community: for example, 'Mrs. MacTavish Gets Smashing New Easter Bonnet'. I drew the boxes around the little stories and everything, just like a real newspaper. When I was in high school, I worked in a factory one summer; I've written about this in a poem called "Hairnets and Giblets," from my first book of poetry. My factory experience was brief but made a deep impression on me, especially the various loyalties and allegiances within the workplace, and how a factory becomes a kind of micro-world unto itself. I've always been fascinated by how people interact with each other and a fiction project like The Factory Voice allowed me the space to explore this fascination. When I lived in Thunder Bay during the 1990s, I was involved in an project based on Canadian Car and Foundry, the factory in former-day Fort William, that made war planes. The project involved interviewing ladies who had worked on the line during the war. Their stories never left me, and around 2001, I began to imagine their lives in the aviation plant, and thus began The Factory Voice.


Bronze Medal, IPPY Awards, Historical/Military Fiction, 2010
Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year, 2009
Longlisted, Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2009

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