Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy

A Novel

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"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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525622109
0525622101
9780525622123
Branch Call Number: FICTION Let
Description: 351 pages ; 25 cm

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BeckyR21
May 29, 2019

Fantastic book. Wonderful characters, interesting time period, fascinating details. It moves seamless from between time lines. Great to know more about the genius behind The Wizard of Oz and his remarkable wife.

IndyPL_AngieL Apr 11, 2019

“Finding Dorothy” is a fictional account of Maud Baum, the wife of L. Frank Baum (author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” series of books). Told from Maud’s point of view, the book swings back and forth between time periods: from Maud’s girlhood and young womanhood, through her marriage and widowhood, to Hollywood’s MGM studios in the late 1930’s—when Judy Garland and many others were first preparing to film the screen version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Maud feels fiercely protective of her now-deceased husband’s book, and she is determined to see that the movie is properly made based on what her beloved husband envisioned. But Maud can’t help noticing how young Judy is treated on the set, and becomes just as fierce in her protection of the innocent young girl. A great read for anyone looking for a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the making of “The Wizard of Oz,” and the equally interesting story of this quiet but passionate woman.

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Pfritz2454
Mar 14, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the movie every spring as a child and I was very interested in the story behind it. The author did not disappoint. I couldn’t put it down.

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lola_jane
Mar 08, 2019

You don’t have to be a big fan of the Wizard of Oz to enjoy this; at its heart, it is a story of a resilient and independent woman who forged her own path through education, poverty, her husband’s whimsical but poor business decisions, and family life. Well-researched and readable it brings to life the life the places, people and events that shaped the magical world of Oz.

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kufsnmace
Feb 27, 2019

Enjoyed it immensely!

DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. The wife of the author of "The Wizard of Oz" befriends a young Judy Garland. If you loved the story and the movie you will be enchanted by this historical fiction.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 15, 2019

I enjoyed this considerably more than I thought I would, which sounds like a back-handed compliment, but I think I stand by it. I'm not a huge Wizard of Oz fan, and turn of the century middle America is not really my area of interest, but I thought this was a really interesting portrait of L. Frank Baum's wife, and it motivated me to go look up the real story when I was done reading, which I always think is the marker of a good piece of historical fiction.

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