House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery is a biography for middle-grade readers by Liz Rosenberg that was published by Candlewick Press as a jacketed hardcover in June 2018. A trade paperback edition followed in June 2020.
From the Dust Jacket
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, “I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them.” Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books; she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L.M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables.
For many years, little was known about Maud’s personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, unaffectionate grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her “year of mad passion,” and her troubled married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished journals.
House of Dreams is the first biography of L.M. Montgomery for young readers to include the recent revelations about the author’s last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and checkered life. Kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never give up “the substance of things hoped for” will be captivated by the life story of this remarkable woman.
Reviews by Karen Coats and Melanie Fishbane.