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House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables.

For many years, not a great deal was known about Maud's personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, undemonstrative grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her "year of mad passion," and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals. Through this revealing and deeply moving biography, kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never gave up "the substance of things hoped for" will be captivated anew by the words of this remarkable woman.

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"Rosenberg explores Montgomery’s fierce attachment to Prince Edward Island, as well as her family loyalty, passions, and relentless ambition. While tracing Montgomery’s growth and success as a writer, Rosenberg doesn’t shy away from presenting her failings — the lies of omission in her journal, her entanglements with unavailable men — and her struggles with chronic depression, a mentally unstable husband, and a less-than-trustworthy publisher. Though initially slow going, this illuminating and satisfying biography takes on life and depth as Montgomery’s own voice grows more prominent." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Liz Rosenberg
Illustrator Julie Morstad
ISBN 0763660574
Publication Date Jun 12, 2018
Publisher Candlewick
Language English