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Finding Dorothy

(2019)
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Behind the most famous movie ever made is a tale of love, magic and one incredible woman

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to visit the set.
Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book - because she's the only one left who knows its secrets...

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of 'Over the Rainbow', Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her rebellious youth as a suffragette's daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired his famous work. With the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her - the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

This richly imagined novel 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.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A woman with a heart, a brain, courage to spare, and a girl's sense of wonder--this is the heroine of Elizabeth Letts's sparkling, touching . Maud Baum is the daughter of a suffragette and the wife of a dreamer, but she is also a force to be reckoned with in her own right." - Melanie Benjamin

"Historical fiction fans will rejoice. With meticulous research and vivid detail, Elizabeth Letts explores both Maud's life story leading up to the writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and her determination to see that the film remained true to her husband's vision as it was made in 1930's Hollywood. Letts takes readers on an unflinching journey between hardship and hope, with a catch-your-breath ending." - Pam Jenoff

"Beautifully researched and written, Finding Dorothy pulls back the curtain on a fascinating relationship behind the making of The Wizard of Oz." - Martha Hall Kelly

"Old Hollywood is its own kind of Oz in Finding Dorothy, complete with false dazzle and complex combinations of threat and allure. But what really satisfies here is the unlikely friendship between L. Frank Baum's unsinkable widow, Maud, and the young Judy Garland, on the vulnerable cusp of fame. It's an alliance that seems touched with magic and serendipity and something even more transformative, true understanding between women." - Paula McLain

"More than just a behind-the-scenes pee at the making of The Wizard of Oz, Finding Dorothy is a heartfelt look at the origins of a beloved story told, through the eyes of the woman closest to its creator. From capturing the pioneering spirit of a family settling out West to the fight for women's suffrage, and the vulnerability of a young Judy Garland on the threshold of stardom, Finding Dorothy is filled with pitch-perfect wonderment." - Renée Rosen

"A breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America's most enduring fairy tales and the hardscrabble life that inspired it. Gripping, fascinating, Finding Dorothy is a novel for anyone who ever stared in awe as Oz came to life onscreen, and wondered what other secrets lay hidden behind the curtain. A dream of a book you'll want to savor and share!" - Lisa Wingate


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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Finding Dorothy
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
ISBN: 1-5294-0344-8 / 978-1-5294-0344-2 (UK edition)
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Title: Finding Dorothy: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
ISBN: 0-525-62210-1 / 978-0-525-62210-9 (USA edition)
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Finding Dorothy
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ISBN: 1-5294-0345-6 / 978-1-5294-0345-9 (UK edition)
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Title: Finding Dorothy
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ISBN: 1-5294-0343-X / 978-1-5294-0343-5 (UK edition)
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February 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Finding Dorothy: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
ISBN: 1-984885-01-4 / 978-1-984885-01-2
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Finding Dorothy
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February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Finding Dorothy: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
ISBN: 1-984846-02-7 / 978-1-984846-02-0
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Finding Dorothy: A Novel
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Finding Dorothy: behind The Wizard of Oz is a story of love, magic and one incredible woman
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
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February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Finding Dorothy: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Letts
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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