Title: Finding Dorothy
Authors: Letts, Elizabeth
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 349
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: 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.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I loved this book and found it fascinating."

"It was interesting learning so many things about the original Wizard of Oz. There is much to discover in this book."

"I recommend this well-researched book to any fan of historical fiction and for fans of Oz."

"A clever approach - the book moves at a good pace and leaves the reader thinking."

"Éasy to read and it was wonderful reading about life in America, the political climate, and the hardships faced by pioneer farmers."

"Very pertinent to women. It covers 100 years and reflects both how far - and how little - distance we've come in terms of equality."

"While I enjoyed this book immensely, the story is often bleak, as good times, contentment and joy are rare occurrences."
Categories: Fiction, Faction, Family Saga, Social commentary/perspectives, Uplifting, America, 2021 Titles - Coming Soon


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