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Scope for imagination

Melanie J. Fishbane’s novelization of a teenaged L.M. Montgomery will hold most appeal for diehard fans of the lauded author’s canon

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Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery

Melanie J. Fishbane

Penguin Teen Canada, Ages 12+

FOR THOSE of us who grew up enthralled with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, details about Montgomery herself always seemed superfluous. Wasn’t Anne enough? A character vivid and realized, her life story so broad and detailed in scope that it seemed impossible she could be the product of someone’s imagination? Besides, we knew the parallels between Anne’s life and that of her creator – both motherless girls with lonely childhoods, an affinity for language, and a passionate attachment to place. Surely Avonlea was Cavendish, and Anne was Montgomery, and if you needed to know any more, you could always grow up and read about Emily.

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