What a pure joy it was to read this historical novel about the lives of L. Frank Baum, the author of "Wizard of Oz" and his wife, Maud! As the story unfolds, the reader discovers the inspiration for the characters and features of Oz. The chapters alternate between the filming of "The Wizard of Oz" and the earlier lives of the Baums as they struggled financially. Along the way, Maud befriends Judy Garland and her story is woven in. Lovingly told by the author, this story is a magical trip down the yellow brick road, bringing a huge smile to your face.
This is a really good novel about the life of the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum. We live this through his wife, Maud.
We are taken back through time, during which Maud is growing up in the household of a very strong mother who is fighting to get women the vote along with Susan B Anthony. Her mother, Magdalena, wants very much for Maud to attend college and be strong as a woman.
Maud attends college and does well, except it is a strange place to be as a woman back then. During her time there, she meets L Frank Baum and falls in love. Does not please her mother, as Mr Baum is an actor and revels in the make-believe.
Later in life, Maud wants to see that the movie being made from her husband's loved book is being done right, so she goes to M G M studio to talk to whoever she can about the movie staying true to the book.
She meets Judy Garland and has many encounters with her and others involved in the making of the movie.
This is written so well and you learn so much about the story itself, the meaning behind the Wizard of Oz and the goods and bads of Hollywood and the creation of a classic.