On Sale: February 12, 2019
Featuring: Maud Gage Baum
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
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
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is
adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen,
seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to
finagle her way onto 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 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
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young
girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a
dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, 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.
The author of two New York Times bestselling nonfiction
books, The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse,
Elizabeth Letts is a master at discovering and researching a
rich historical story and transforming it into a
page-turner. Finding Dorothy is the result of Letts’s
journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum.
Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth
Letts’s new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration,
and perseverance, set in America’s heartland.
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