When the letterbox rattles and the thud of a book hitting the doormat ricocheted up the stairs, my heart did a flip.
I’ve been waiting on a specific book an important book. The most anticipated read of my 2019.
I’ve already had quite the February with my beautiful Beryl Kingston release which was unexpected.
But when I heard about Finding Dorothy way back in 2018 I have been wishing and dreaming about it.
The thud came this morning. I ran downstairs and there it was, in my hands. THE book, a gorgeous proof.
Here it is in all its glory.
Back of the Book
Behind the most famous movie ever made is a tale of love, magic and one incredible woman
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to visit the set.
Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book – because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets…
But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of ‘Over the Rainbow’, Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her rebellious youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired his famous work. With the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her – the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.
This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.
Thanks for listening to me, this really is a monumental moment in my bookish 2019. Thank you to Quercus Books, you make dreams come true as well as awesome books.