A brilliantly crafted saga about three generations of women and their secrets, including the discovery of a final unpublished book by the family matriarch, a revered and reclusive author
The reclusive Harriet Wolf, revered author and family matriarch, has a final confession—a love story. Years after her death, as her family comes together one last time, the mystery of Harriet’s life hangs in the balance. Does the truth lie in the rumored final book of the series that made Harriet a world-famous writer, or will her final confession be lost forever?
Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders tells the moving story of the unforgettable Wolf women in four distinct voices: the mysterious Harriet, who, until now, has never revealed the secrets of her past; her fiery, overprotective daughter Eleanor; and her two grown granddaughters—Tilton, the fragile yet exuberant younger sister who’s become a housebound hermit, and Ruth, the older sister who ran away at sixteen and never looked back. When Eleanor is hospitalized, Ruth decides it’s time to do right by a pact she made with Tilton long ago: to return home and save her sister. Meanwhile, Harriet whispers her true life story to the reader. It’s a story that spans the entire twentieth century and is filled with mobsters, outcasts, a lonesome lion, and a home for wayward women. It’s also a tribute to her lifelong love of the boy she met at the Maryland School for Feeble-Minded Children.
Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, Julianna Baggott’s most sweeping and mesmerizing novel yet, offers a profound meditation on motherhood and sisterhood, as well as on the central importance of stories. It is a novel that affords its characters that rare chance we all long for—the chance to reimagine the stories of our lives while there’s still time.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Julianna Baggott is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the national bestseller Girl Talk, and writes popular children’s books under the pseudonym N. E. Bode. She is an associate professor at Florida State University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A reclusive novelist, her daughter, and her two granddaughters each have a voice in this book that kept me engaged. The mail carrier left it in my mailbox at 3 p.m. on the 18th. By 3 p.m. on the 19th, I had finished reading, but I was still engaged. This is one of those I'll probably read again to see what I may have missed. The main theme is mother/daughter relationships and shows how important it is to keep the lines of communication open. There's also a love affair that lasts through the ages, and I kept rushing through, eager for the next time they were together. I don't want to let slip any spoilers, so I won't say more,but particularly if you're a woman, this book is for you. I give it five stars.