The Girl from 108

By Lorraine Clements

Lorraine Clements released her memoir The Girl from 108 in October. A book signing event will be held at Coles in Summerside on November 25 at 11 am.  

In The Girl from 108, Clements shares her story of growing up in a strict Irish Catholic boarding house in Charlottetown and the vibrant cast of characters that lived there in the 50’s and 60’s. Boarding houses gave tradesmen of all kinds a bed and three meals a day. Living within the family environment, at times there were up to eight men who stayed in the Monaghan house, headed by Lorraine’s mother and father, Lauretta and Linus, who believed rules, respect and relationships were to be honoured.

As a child Lorraine overheard whisperings that she was adopted; a fact that was reluctantly confirmed by her parents when she was about 15 years old. After that, she spent decades looking for her birth mother and in the process discovered there was more to the story. 

Lorraine is the author of A Guide to Recycling on Prince Edward Island (2001). She has been married for 53 years, with three children and five grandchildren. She recently graduated from UPEI in 2021 at the age of 70.  

The Girl from 108 is available at Bookmark and Indigo in Charlotteown, Coles in Summerside, PharmaChoice in Hunter River, and Rustico Bay Wool Sweaters and Tide & Tales in North Rustico.