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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.

“A breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

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.

Praise for Finding Dorothy

“In some ways reminiscent of Jerry Stahl’s excellent  I, Fatty, Letts’  Finding Dorothy combines exhaustive research with expansive imagination, blending history and speculation into a seamless tapestry. . . . It’s a testament to Letts’ skill that she can capture on the page, without benefit of audio, that same emotion we have all felt sometime over the last 80 years while listening to ‘Over the Rainbow.’” BookPage (starred review)

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“A breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales and the hardscrabble life that inspired it. Gripping, fascinating, Finding Dorothy is a novel for anyone who ever stared in awe as Oz came to life onscreen, and wondered what other secrets lay hidden behind the curtain. A dream of a book you’ll want to savor and share!” —Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

“In some ways reminiscent of Jerry Stahl’s excellent  I, Fatty, Letts’  Finding Dorothy combines exhaustive research with expansive imagination, blending history and speculation into a seamless tapestry. . . . It’s a testament to Letts’ skill that she can capture on the page, without benefit of audio, that same emotion we have all felt sometime over the last 80 years while listening to ‘Over the Rainbow.’” BookPage (starred review)

“Old Hollywood is its own kind of Oz in Finding Dorothy, complete with false dazzle and complex combinations of threat and allure. But what really satisfies here is the unlikely friendship between L. Frank Baum’s unsinkable widow, Maud, and the young Judy Garland, on the vulnerable cusp of fame. It’s an alliance that seems touched with magic and serendipity and something even more transformative, true understanding between women.” —Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin

“Beautifully researched and written, Finding Dorothy pulls back the curtain on a fascinating relationship behind the making of The Wizard of Oz.” —Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls

“A woman with a heart, a brain, courage to spare, and a girl’s sense of wonder—this is the heroine of Elizabeth Letts’s sparkling, touching novel. Maud Baum is the daughter of a suffragette and the wife of a dreamer, but she is also a force to be reckoned with in her own right.” —Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

“Readers looking for an inspiring true story will be delighted. . . . [Letts] again crafts a tale of fortitude and triumph over adversity. . . . Fans of the Oz novels or film will be enchanted. This is a great fit for readers of Christina Baker Kline and Lisa Wingate, and will surely be a popular choice for book clubs. . . . [A] well-researched novelization.” Library Journal

“Maud [Gage Baum] is a fascinating character, and this is a poignant, absorbing tale of the life and love story that led to the creation of a beloved classic.” Booklist

“Historical fiction fans will rejoice. With meticulous research and vivid detail, Elizabeth Letts explores both Maud’s life story leading up to the writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and her determination to see that the film remained true to her husband’s vision as it was made in 1930’s Hollywood. Letts takes readers on an unflinching journey between hardship and hope, with a catch-your-breath ending.” —Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale

“More than just a behind-the-scenes pee at the making of The Wizard of Oz, Finding Dorothy is a heartfelt look at the origins of a beloved story told, through the eyes of the woman closest to its creator. From capturing the pioneering spirit of a family settling out West to the fight for women’s suffrage, and the vulnerability of a young Judy Garland on the threshold of stardom, Finding Dorothy is filled with pitch-perfect wonderment.” —Renée Rosen, author of White Collar Girl

About the Author

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, which won the 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Award for research nonfiction, as well as two previous novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. A former certified nurse-midwife, she also served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

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Chapter 1

Hollywood

October 1938

It was a city within a city, a textile mill to weave the gossamer of fantasy on looping looms of celluloid. From the flashing needles of the tailors in the costume shop to the zoo where the animals were trained, from the matzo ball soup in the commissary to the blinding-­white offices in the brand-­new Thalberg executive building, an army of people—­composers and musicians, technicians and tinsmiths, directors and actors—­spun thread into gold. Once upon a time, dreams were made by hand, but now they were mass-­produced. These forty-­four acres were their assembly line.

Outside its walls, the brown hills, tidy neighborhoods, and rusting oil derricks of Culver City gave no hint of magic; but within the gates of M-­G-­M—­Metro, as it was known—­you stepped inside an enchanted kingdom. A private trolley line that cut through the center of the studio’s back lots could whisk you across the world, or back in time—­from old New York’s Brownstone Row to the Wild West’s Billy the Kid Street to Renaissance Italy’s Verona Square—­with no stops in the outside world. In 1938, more than three thousand people labored inside these walls. Just as the Emerald City was the center of the Land of Oz, so the M-­G-­M Studios were the beating heart of that mythic place called Hollywood.



Maud Baum had been waiting on foot outside the massive front gates of Metro-­Goldwyn-­Mayer for almost an hour, just another face among the throngs of visitors hoping for a chance to get inside. Every now and again, a gleaming automobile pulled up to the gate. Each time, the studio’s guard snapped to attention and offered a crisp salute. Whenever this happened, the fans waiting around the entrance, hoping to catch a peek of the stars, would leap forward, thrusting bits of papers through the car’s windows. As Maud observed this spectacle, she couldn’t help but feel a pang for Frank: his doomed Oz Manufacturing Film Company, a single giant barnlike structure, had been just a short distance away from the current location of this thriving metropolis of Metro. In 1914, when Frank had opened his company, Hollywood had been a sleepy backwater of orange trees and bungalows, and filmmaking a crazy venture seen as a passing fad. If only he could have lived to see what a movie studio would become over the course of the next two decades: another White City, a giant theater stage. This fantastical place was the concrete manifestation of what Frank had been able to imagine long before it had come to pass.

At last it was Maud’s turn. As the guard scribbled her a pass, her stomach fluttered. Inside her purse, she had the small cutout torn from Variety. She didn’t need to look at it; she had long since memorized its few words: “oz” sold to louis b. mayer at m-­g-­m. As the last living link to the inspiration behind the story, she was determined to offer her services as a consultant. But getting access to the studio had not been easy. For months, they had rebuffed her calls, only reluctantly setting up a meeting with the studio head, Louis B. Mayer, because the receptionist was no doubt fed up with answering her daily queries. Today she would make her case.

If Maud’s suffragist mother, Matilda, had taught her anything, it was that if you wanted something, you needed to ask for it—­or demand it, if necessary. True, Maud would far rather be reading a book at Ozcot, her Hollywood home, but she had made a promise to her late husband that she aimed to keep.

The guard pushed her day pass through the glass-­fronted window and gave her a nod.

“Where is the Thalberg Building?” she asked.

He jerked his head to the left—­a gesture that could have pointed anywhere. “White Lung? Just head that way. You can’t miss it.”

White Lung? What a peculiar name for a building. Maud was about to ask him why, but as she’d aged she’d learned to keep her thoughts to herself so as not to come off as a doddering old fool.

Inside the studio’s gates, the paths and private roads were crowded with people and vehicles. A knot of actors hurried by, costumed in elaborate ball gowns, paste jewels, and powdered wigs, followed by painters in splattered coveralls, a man humming a tune to himself, and another fellow, likely a writer, with a furrowed brow and a pencil tucked behind his ear. Maud leapt out of the way as three girls whizzed past on bicycles. Having spent much time in the theater, she was reminded of the bustle of backstage, but this—­this was such an immense scale—­all the world’s a stage! Frank had loved to quote Shakespeare. Here, it seemed to be literally true.

The Art Moderne Thalberg Building was dazzlingly white, its fresh exterior paint as clean as snow. A few scaffoldings still crept up one side—­the building was clearly brand-­new. When she stepped inside the polished lobby, she felt a chill prickle her skin and heard an odd wheezing sound like an old man breathing. She pulled her cardigan tighter around her shoulders as the receptionist gave her a sympathetic look.

“It’s the air conditioner,” she said. “Like a heater for cool.”

Maud suppressed a smile. Such a Frank-­like idea. A heater for cool. He was always saying backward things like that.

“May I help you?”

“I am here to see Mr. Louis B. Mayer.” Maud made sure that her voice conveyed no hint of hesitation. She who hesitates is lost. That was another of Matilda’s expressions. Seventy-­seven years old and Maud sometimes still felt as if her mother were perched just behind the wings, whispering stage instructions.

The receptionist was a young woman with a well-­coiffed platinum bob. “Actress?” she asked.

“Most definitely not.”

The girl raised a stylishly penciled eyebrow and gave Maud the once-­over, from her gray curls down to her sturdy brown pumps.

“Are you . . . ?” She leaned in. “His mother?”

To her credit, Maud did not show her irritation. “Mrs. L. Frank Baum. I have an appointment.”

The young woman narrowed her eyes, the rubber tip of her pencil ticking down the list. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Baum. You aren’t on Mr. Mayer’s schedule.”

“Check again,” Maud insisted. “One o’clock. I made this appointment weeks ago.” She wouldn’t let them turn her away now. She’d been waiting too long for this day to arrive.

“You’ll have to speak to Mrs. Koverman . . .” She dropped her voice. “Mount Ida. No one gets to Mr. Mayer without going through her first.”

Maud smiled. “I’m quite adept at going through people.”

“Take the elevator to the third floor. Mrs. Koverman’s desk will be right in front of you.”

As Maud waited for the elevator, her blurry reflection looked back at her from the shining brass of the twin doors. She hoped that her expression reflected a resoluteness of spirit, rather than the trepidation she was now feeling as this important meeting was at last upon her.

“Third floor,” she said to the uniformed elevator man, stepping inside.

When the doors slid open, she faced a secretary’s desk with a plaque that read mrs. ida koverman. A stout matron with bobbed brown hair inspected Maud.

“Maud Baum,” Maud said. “I have an appointment with Mr. Louis B. Mayer.”

“On what business?”

“My late husband . . .” Maud was horrified to hear her voice squeak.

Mrs. Koverman looked at her with no trace of sympathy.

“My late husband, Mr. L. Frank Baum, was the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Mrs. Koverman’s expression did not soften.

Maud had long since noted that there were two kinds of people in the world: fans of Oz—­those who remembered their childhoods—­and those who pretended that they had never even heard of Oz, who believed that adults should put away childish things. From the look on her face, Mrs. Koverman fell into the latter category.

“Have a seat.” She cut off any further conversation with a vigorous clacking of her typewriter keys.

Maud sat, feet crossed at the ankle, handbag and a well-­worn copy of Oz balanced on her lap, hoping to convey that she wasn’t planning on going anywhere.

Every now and again, Mrs. Koverman would stand up and rap upon the door with the brass plaque on it reading louis b. mayer, then enter with a piece of typed paper or a phone message. Each time she emerged, Maud looked at her steadily while Mrs. Koverman avoided her gaze. Once in a while, Maud glanced at her wristwatch. Soon one-­thirty had come and gone.

The two women might have remained in their silent test of wills had not a large commotion ensued from the elevator bay—­a loud thwack and a cry of “Bugger all!” filled the room. Maud was astonished to see a giant young man—­well over six feet tall—­rubbing his head, then bending over to gather up a scattered pile of papers from the floor. Most surprising, a brand-­new edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz had skidded across the floor, landing almost at Maud’s feet.

She picked it up and approached the man. “I believe you’ve lost this?”

“Right,” he said with a British accent. “Just give me a minute. I’m a bit dazed.”

Maud watched with alarm as the lanky man swayed like a tall pine on a windy day. But after a moment, he straightened his tie, took the book from Maud, and held out his other hand in greeting. “Noel Langley. Scenarist.”

He noted the faded clothbound volume Maud held in her other hand. “Doing a little homework, I see.”

“Homework?”

“Let me guess. Are you playing Auntie Em?”

“Auntie Em?” Maud was startled. She peered at the man, confused. “But how could you . . . ?”

“Clara Blandick,” Langley continued, not seeming to notice Maud’s reaction. “I presume . . .”

“Oh, the actress?” Maud said, gathering her wits. “You mean the actress?”

“Yes, the actress,” Langley said, louder this time. Maud blinked in irritation.

“Not at all. I’m not an actress,” Maud said firmly. “I’m Maud Baum—­Mrs. L. Frank . . . ?”

Langley returned a blank look.

“My late husband, Frank—­L. Frank Baum? Author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?” Maud held up her book and pointed to the author’s name.

Still looking puzzled, he scrutinized Maud as if seeing her for the first time. She twisted the emerald she wore on her fourth finger and smoothed the folds of her simple floral dress, aware how out of place she must appear to this elegant young man.

“But the book was written before I was born . . .” Langley said slowly, as if trying to solve a difficult math problem in his head. “Surely his wife must be . . .” As he spoke, his head cocked progressively more to one side, until with his long limbs and small tilted head, he looked like a curious grasshopper.

“I’m seventy-­seven years old,” Maud said. “Not dead yet, if that’s what you were thinking.”

“Certainly not, of course not,” Langley stammered, his face now beet red. “It’s just that I imagined the book was published years ago? I guess, I assumed—­oh, never mind what I assumed . . .”

“Not to worry,” Maud said soothingly. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900. The turn of the century.”

“Ah, yes . . .” Langley said. His blush had faded, but the tips of his auricles remained pink.

“Must seem like ancient history to a young man like you.” Maud’s heart sank at the thought.

Langley nodded in agreement.

“Which brings up a good point,” Maud said. “It’s a lucky chance I’ve run into you. You see—­”

Before Maud had a chance to finish, the elevator doors slid open again and a brown-­haired man seemed to blow out as if pushed by a strong wind.

“Langley!” he cried out.

“Hello,” the tall fellow answered. “Look what we have here . . . if you can believe it. It’s Mrs. L. Frank Baum. Mrs. Baum, this is Mervyn LeRoy. He’s the producer.”

LeRoy skidded to a stop in front of the pair and looked Maud up and down.

“Well, I’ll be,” he said, appearing mystified at her presence.

LeRoy’s gaze fell upon the faded green book Maud clasped in her bony, spotted hands.

“Well, now, look at this.” LeRoy reached out. “This looks like the exact same edition I had when I was a kid . . . sat on the shelf right by my bed. Loved that book so much.”

Maud sensed an opening. “Would you like to take a look?”

She held out the worn volume, the color leached from its cover and its edges frayed. Before cracking it open, LeRoy inhaled its papery scent, then reverently brushed the palm of his hand across the stamped green cloth. Flipping it open, he perused the color illustrations one by one, a half-­smile on his lips.

“I grew up reading this book. Loved it! It’s hard to explain. I almost felt as if the characters were part of my own family.”

“I am glad to hear you feel that way. So you’ll understand why it’s so important to stick to the author’s vision.”

LeRoy tore his eyes away from the volume in his hands and returned his gaze to Maud, whose corporeal presence he still seemed to find puzzling. “The author’s vision? Tell the truth, I never gave a moment’s thought to the person who wrote it. Oz always seemed so timeless—­eternal, really. Funny to think it started out as the idea of an unknown person with a pen in his hand.”

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Joyce K. Young
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Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
I have given this book a 5, really the story should have been Finding Maude, I loved the story when the author was telling Maude''s story, for me it lacked info on the Judy Garland story. There were little tidbits, and yes she did try & watch over Judy, but it was Maude''s... See more
I have given this book a 5, really the story should have been Finding Maude, I loved the story when the author was telling Maude''s story, for me it lacked info on the Judy Garland story. There were little tidbits, and yes she did try & watch over Judy, but it was Maude''s story that was the best part of the book. I know one reviewer said she didn''t like Maude, I found her quite interesting. I didn''t know anything about Maude Baum, until this book. I didn''t know her Mother was one of the woman''s advocates, I know of Susan B Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Its too bad Matilda Gage''s story got lost over time, with this book it brings her story to the fore front. It was interesting the author''s take on the symbolisms of the Wizard of Oa, I agreed with a lot of it, gives a whole new meaning to the movie. I am so glad the song Over the Rainbow wasn''t taken out of the movie, another lost tidbit, how Maude fought to keep the song in. Frank was such a dreamer, in most marriages, the wife would have left. He had such a vision, and there were times that Maude got frustrated with him, but they both complimented each other in their marriage.
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Susan Johnson
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Backstory Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
I will probably be alone on this rating because it''s a perfectly sweet and interesting story. It tells the tale of Maud Gage Baum, the wife of author of "The Wizard of Oz", L. Frank Baum. It alternates between her life growing up, marrying, having kids, etc. and... See more
I will probably be alone on this rating because it''s a perfectly sweet and interesting story. It tells the tale of Maud Gage Baum, the wife of author of "The Wizard of Oz", L. Frank Baum. It alternates between her life growing up, marrying, having kids, etc. and the filming of the movie based on her husband''s book when she is 78. She was the daughter of a famed suffragette who called Susan B. Anthony, Auntie. She attended college before marrying Baum, a struggling theater company owner and actor.

As his famed book is being made into a movie in 1939 by Louis B. Mayer, she takes it upon herself to go to the set to offer advice and background information. She meets Judy Garland and several movie executives who must have been Harvey Weinstein''s role models. 80 years later and life hasn''t changed much for female actresses, still being starved and subject to sexual harassment. The back story to the book is interesting but I am not certain how much is factual although the author has done a great deal of research.

So my problem? I didn''t like Maud. I never warmed up to her. I didn''t like the opportunities she had that she carelessly didn''t pursue. I didn''t like the promises she made to people and didn''t keep. I didn''t like how little she encouraged her husband. I didn''t like her rigidity. She just wasn''t someone I liked spending time with. So the book was a struggle for me. The story was interesting. The main character wasn''t.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
This is a fictionalized (because conversations and thoughts are not recoverable) account of the life and times of Maude Gage Baum, who was the wife of the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chapters alternate Maude''s story as a young girl with a suffragette for a mother... See more
This is a fictionalized (because conversations and thoughts are not recoverable) account of the life and times of Maude Gage Baum, who was the wife of the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chapters alternate Maude''s story as a young girl with a suffragette for a mother (yes, Matilda Gage worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton!) with Maude''s story as a 77 year old widow in 1939 as the movie Wizard of Oz was being made. The author did her homework very well, and I was swept up by the story...I could hardly bear to put it down! Maude was determined to see that the movie based on her husband''s book stayed true to his vision, and tried very hard to protect the young teen (Judy Garland) who was cast as Dorothy. Garland was treated badly but Maude befriended her and engaged others to look out for her. There is also a small part near the end, where the song, Over the Rainbow, was almost cut from the finished movie! From stories of life in the late 1800''s to the hard farming life in the new Dakota territories, to childbirth before antibiotics were invented and before a woman''s anatomy was even fully understood, the story never slowed for me. If you know someone who loved the Oz book(s) this would be a fine gift. Pick it up for yourself, too! Highly recommended!
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Dawn
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I loved this book!
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
The book is not an Old Hollywood tell-all gossip story, although there are moments when the secrets of movie producers and directors would nowadays make infamous headlines for the #metoo movement. It also a reveals a poignant understanding into the sadness of Judy Garland.... See more
The book is not an Old Hollywood tell-all gossip story, although there are moments when the secrets of movie producers and directors would nowadays make infamous headlines for the #metoo movement. It also a reveals a poignant understanding into the sadness of Judy Garland. It’s not a syrupy, everything’s-hunky-dory type of story, either. To say what it IS about–without giving away too much–is a gutsy story about taking chances, trying to keep grounded in practicality while soaring in a world of dreams and chasing sparkly magic. It’s about a woman who followed her heart, raised a family, lived through financial hardships, and strived to complete the important mission to find and protect Dorothy–and honor the spirit of the story her husband created.

This book is extremely well-written, heartwarming, and inspiring. It’s full of secrets behind the story and provides another layer of delicious richness in the tale of Oz.
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A most fascinating and delightful story...
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
I was 3/4 intothis book when it went missing. I think it was misplaced by one of my grandchildren, who have no restrictions at my home. I am still looking for it but I thought I would write what I have read so far. Not too big a fan of Wizard of Oz movie, but I... See more
I was 3/4 intothis book when it went missing. I think it was misplaced by one of my grandchildren, who have no restrictions at my home. I am still looking for it but I thought I would write what I have read so far.
Not too big a fan of Wizard of Oz movie, but I stand alone. Loved the talented Judy. I really don''t know why I purchased it, but I was looking for a light read, (one that did not have WW1 or WW2 in it. ) This was light enough, but detailed, thorough and delightful. The book really takes you back in time. An unusual family and marriage. I will keep looking into every corner of this house, I am intent on getting to the end.......
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Keep an open mind and enjoy the journey.
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
As much as I loved the idea of this novel, I was at times frustrated with the reading level (grade school). However, as I neared the end, I realized that this book has a lot of potential for History and English classrooms, including term papers on several subjects. In the... See more
As much as I loved the idea of this novel, I was at times frustrated with the reading level (grade school). However, as I neared the end, I realized that this book has a lot of potential for History and English classrooms, including term papers on several subjects. In the end, I believe the reading level is appropriate to reach the large audience of Wizard of Oz fans. A four star read for me, but likely a five star read for many others. I enjoyed it and recommend it for all who have grown up with the Wizard of Oz.
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Maryann Troche
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Dorothy Lives Forever
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019
If you''re wondering if you should read this book, wonder no longer. I am absolutely so hAppy to read this work of fiction that is 90% based on facts. I''ve been watching the "Wizard of Oz" since I could understand television. What child didn''t love this movie? Especially... See more
If you''re wondering if you should read this book, wonder no longer. I am absolutely so hAppy to read this work of fiction that is 90% based on facts. I''ve been watching the "Wizard of Oz" since I could understand television. What child didn''t love this movie? Especially little girls! My favorite part of this book is reading about this wonderful person/author, L. Frank Baum, who had a vision in everything no matter the circumstances and always remained positive! Maud and Frank endured many hardships as many people did during the 1800s; however, together their love was genuine and their dreams and visions were unstoppable! This is a beautiful story of Maud and Frank who gave birth to Oz! I''m am so grateful to author Elizabeth Letts for bringing Dorothy to visit again and all the research it took to find her. Thank you!
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alouez
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not a good read
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
I didn''t care for this book at all. I find the writing style to be somewhat juvenile, stiff, and unnatural. the story itself was not particularly interesting, and I kept struggling to get into it because I actually thought that there was going to be a lot more about the... See more
I didn''t care for this book at all. I find the writing style to be somewhat juvenile, stiff, and unnatural. the story itself was not particularly interesting, and I kept struggling to get into it because I actually thought that there was going to be a lot more about the background of the Wizard of Oz. I was about 50 pages in before it clicked that I have bought a couple of this author''s other books, and I have never been able to get through a single one of them to the end, because despite the fact that the subject matter have been things of interest to me, I find her style to be unreadable and annoying
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J. Brown
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Mesmerising
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2020
As an avid fan of Judy Garland the Wizard of Oz the background Ms Letts provides on the writer, L Frank Baum, his wife Maud, her mother Matilda and the lives they lived just adds love and depth to it all for me. Thank you.
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James
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Best book I''ve read for years! absolutely loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2019
Once in a while a book comes along that fires your imagination and warms your heart, Finding Dorothy was that book for me. The story is captivating and the book is extremely well written. its a wonderful work of fiction based on truth that gives us the story behind the...See more
Once in a while a book comes along that fires your imagination and warms your heart, Finding Dorothy was that book for me. The story is captivating and the book is extremely well written. its a wonderful work of fiction based on truth that gives us the story behind the story, I loved Finding Dorothy and hope you do too.
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A J GEDDES
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A Fantastic Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2020
I''m not particularly a fan of The Wizard of Oz film or the books, but I am a fan of the process of creating works of art. This novel captures perfectly the heyday of Hollywood and paints a wonderful picture of Baum himself. The undoubted star of the novel is Maud Gage...See more
I''m not particularly a fan of The Wizard of Oz film or the books, but I am a fan of the process of creating works of art. This novel captures perfectly the heyday of Hollywood and paints a wonderful picture of Baum himself. The undoubted star of the novel is Maud Gage (Baum), who supported her husband throughout his various careers. In short, I loved it.
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TrishA
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Well worth a read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2020
Loved the book. Always been a fan of The Wizard of Oz and fascinated to read some of the back story about Frank L Baum. Well written and charming.
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mr m a chester
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A wonderful tale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2019
An amazing book about an amazing women felt as though I was in the book as magical as the film.
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