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

By Liz Rosenberg
Read by Susan Hanfield

7.78 Hours 06/12/2018 unabridged
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An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life. 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and depression, her “year of mad passion,” and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals.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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Summary

Summary

An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.

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and depression, her “year of mad passion,” and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals.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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rosenberg presents a condensed version of Maud’s private journals, interweaving Maud’s own lyrical, emotive quotations with major life events… Rosenberg paints a deep, complex portrait of a vibrant, brilliant, yet troubled woman…Recommend to Anne fans, aspiring writers, or anyone wanting a peek inside the mind of a famous author who constantly fought for success and happiness.” Booklist (starred review)
“A kind, thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of one of the icons of children’s literature.” Kirkus Reviews
“Presents a multidimensional portrait of a complicated and conflicted writer…This illuminating and satisfying biography takes on life and depth as Montgomery’s own voice grows more prominent.” Publishers Weekly
“In prose that often rivals that of her subject for its lyricism, Rosenberg presents an honest look at a woman who, while providing some of literature’s happiest moments, wavered between extremes of emotion herself.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Author Bio: Liz Rosenberg

Liz Rosenberg is a poet, bestselling novelist, professor, and writer of acclaimed books for children. Her books have received numerous awards, including an International Reading Association Children’s Choice, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Prize and have been featured on Reading Rainbow.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.78
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English