A FASCINATING GLIMPSE INTO THE LIFE OF L.M. MONTGOMERY: Lucy Maud Montgomery is Canada’s cherished novelist, whose Anne of Green Gables books are still sold all over the world and bring countless fans to her hometown on the small island of Prince Edward Island each year. Her books are beloved by millions but lesser known is her own life.
HUGE APPEAL FOR FANS: This will be a true cross-over novel, for fans of LM Montgomery of all ages, and will bring new readers to the classic books. Also, there will be renewed interest in LM Montgomery with the release of the upcoming Anne of Green Gables Netflix series.
STRONG FEMINIST MESSAGE: Set during a time when colleges were just starting to accept women students, and female authors were publishing with male pseudonyms, the story focuses on Maud’s struggles for independence versus her desire to love and be loved.
TALENTED DEBUT AUTHOR: Melanie Fishbane is well-known in Montgomery scholarly circles and regularly presents papers to the LM Montgomery society and is a graduate of the writing program at the prestigious Vermont College of Fine Arts.
REAL-LIFE FIGURE BROUGHT TO LIFE: In the longstanding tradition, especially on the adult side, of fictionalizing writers’ lives (The Paris Wife, for instance), Maud is a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating writer.
“Fishbane’s affection for her subject shines through, making the character of Maud herself come alive for readers. An engaging depiction of an ambitious young woman…Maud is highly recommended for teen and adult readers.”—National Reading Campaign
“[T]here’s nothing dated about the relentless lack of understanding and warmth [Maud] experienced in her family life, something Fishbane conveys with aplomb.”—The Toronto Star
“An engaging addition that will appeal to more than just fans of L.M. Montgomery.”—School Library Journal
“… Maud will serve as a gateway to the world of Montgomery, which, even after more than a century, is in no danger of being exhausted.” —Quill & Quire
“Fishbane places her readers in the historical and geographical environs of the teenage Montgomery and enhances their understanding of one of Canada’s most beloved authors.” —CM Magazine
“Fishbane’s historical research is thorough and comes out beautifully in the narrative…. [T]he spirit of Montgomery’s writing breathes subtly within the pages.”—Historical Novel Society