Can’t Wait Wednesday – FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts.  I’ve started off 2019 with a couple of outstanding historical fiction reads, which has gotten me in the mood to read more from the same genre.  I came across this one on Netgalley last week and was drawn to it because of its connection to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, one of my childhood favorites.


FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts

Publication Date: February 12, 2019



From Goodreads:

A richly imagined novel that 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–from the family’s hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland. 

Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, met Judy Garland, the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939. At the time, Maud was seventy-eight and Judy was sixteen. In spite of their age difference, Maud immediately connected to Judy–especially when Maud heard her sing “Over the Rainbow,” a song whose yearning brought to mind the tough years in South Dakota when Maud and her husband struggled to make a living–until Frank Baum’s book became a national sensation.

This wonderfully evocative two-stranded story recreates Maud’s youth as the rebellious daughter of a leading suffragette, and the prairie years of Maud and Frank’s early days when they lived among the people–especially young Dorothy–who would inspire Frank’s masterpiece. Woven into this past story is one set in 1939, describing the high-pressured days on The Wizard of Oz film set where Judy is being badgered by the director, producer, and her ambitious stage mother to lose weight, bind her breasts, and laugh, cry, and act terrified on command. As Maud had promised to protect the original Dorothy back in Aberdeen, she now takes on the job of protecting young Judy.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

36 replies
  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)
    Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    I don’t know that this is something I would normally pick up, but I’ve seen it a few places and it is calling to me. Must be the Wizard of Oz connection. I’ve always secretly had a crush on the Cowardly Lion.

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I bet this one will be interesting. I’d be curious to know how much is based in fact and how much is fictionalized. (LIke, I wonder if Maud and Judy really had a connection/friendship?) I’ll be excited to read your review when you get to this one.

  3. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I have this one on my radar too, and am looking forward to it. It wasn’t until last year that I really got interested in The Wizard of Oz, but now I find myself seeing it referenced everywhere. This sounds really good.

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