Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy

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.

Title:Finding Dorothy
ISBN:9780525622109

    Finding Dorothy Reviews

  • Angela M

    3.5 stars rounded up.“ The Wizard of Oz “ has been one of my favorite movies for more years than I’m willing to admit. I’ve seen it so many times that I can recite a lot of the dialogue by hea...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE--I FIND MYSELF TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BOOK***My 2019 year of reading is off to a wonderful start partly because of this wonderful book! This is such an original story that I coul...

  • Debra

    "Now, almost twenty years after her husband's death, many people didn't recognize his name, but was there anyone, big or small, who didn't know Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the tin man and the Lion?"Who...

  • Paromjit

    Elizabeth Letts blends fact and fiction in this fascinating piece of historical fiction that explores the life of Maud Gage Baum, the little known wife of L Frank Baum, the famous author of the The Wi...

  • Julie

    Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts is a 2019 Ballantine Books publication. A different and captivating perspective on the magical,’ Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, L. Frank Baum, and his exceptional part...

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!When Maud Gage began her first year of Cornell University, her focus was only on higher learning, and certainly not the boys of Cornell. Her roommate is Josie, Josie Baum, and it i...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 I still remember when I first saw The wizard of Oz. I was fairly young and it was a little bit scary, and alot magical. I deliver it again through my children, and now it's the turn of my grandchi...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The story behind the story of the classic book and movie. ♥ Finding Dorothy is the story behind one of the most beloved books (and movies) of all time, The Wizard of Oz. The story is told through th...

  • Liz

    This is a sweet story of the widow of L. Frank Baum, the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It’s told both during the making of the movie (years after Mr. Baum has passed on) and the years of the...

  • Carolyn

    This is a charming and very original story based on the making of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" in 1939. The author says her inspiration came from seeing a photo taken of Judy Garland with Maud Baum, t...