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A stunning and unexpected portrait of Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of one of literature’s most prized heroines, whose personal demons were at odds with her most enduring legacy—the irrepressible Anne of Green Gables.
“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” —L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908
As a young woman, Maud had dreams bigger than the whole of Prince Edward Island. Her exuberant spirit had always drawn frowns from her grandmother and their neighbors, but she knew she was meant to create, to capture and share the way she saw the world. And the young girl in Maud’s mind became more and more persistent: Here is my story, she said. Here is how my name should be spelled—Anne with an “e.”
But the day Maud writes the first lines of Anne of Green Gables, she gets a visit from the handsome new minister in town, and soon faces a decision: forge her own path as a spinster authoress, or live as a rural minister’s wife, an existence she once called "a synonym for respectable slavery." The choice she makes alters the course of her life.
With a husband whose religious mania threatens their health and happiness at every turn, the secret darkness that Maud herself holds inside threatens to break through the persona she shows to the world, driving an ever-widening wedge between her public face and private self, and putting her on a path towards a heartbreaking end.
Beautiful and moving, After Anne reveals Maud’s hidden personal challenges while celebrating what was timeless about her life and art—the importance of tenacity and the peaceful refuge found in imagination.
For Anne of Green Gables Fans!
Did you grow up reading Anne of Green Gables? If so, After Anne, is one to put on your TBR list!
This book focuses on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life and her inspiration for Anne of Green Gables. Maud had her own struggles, including the criticism of her own grandmother and the hardships of her husband, so writing Anne of Green Gables in her journal was an escape and helped to put her life in perspective!
I absolutely loved how Logan Steiner explained in her author’s note her love of Anne of Green Gables, which led her to research and write about Lucy Maud Montgomery.
This Historical Fiction book is so well researched and written, which makes it a must read for all those who grew up reading Anne of Green Gables or watching the mini-series. A wonderful tribute to Lucy Maud Montgomery!