Welcome to all you guys visiting after hearing the NPR story about Anne of Green Gables. Recent posts of at least semi-substance include one about Shirley Jackson’s domestic writing in honor of another hundredth anniversary and some thoughts related to class in YA and middle grade fiction. And, of course, there’s the post about one of the dogs investigating a turtle, because this is a blog and thus cute animal pictures are a requirement.
You’ll also find some book recommendations over in the sidebar to the right, but I thought I’d make one specifically related to Anne. Laura Amy Schlitz is a children’s literature superstar now, after winning the Newbery, but I still don’t hear enough people talking about her first
bookchildren’s novel, which came out in 2006. A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama is a mash-up of many things, and Anne is among them.
The story finds Maud*, a resident at the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, having the misfortune of being adopted by spiritualists who want to use her in their cons. Maud is a character very much in conversation with Anne Shirley, and I think the opening paragraph will be enough to convince you:
On the morning of the best day of her life, Maud Flynn was locked in the outhouse, singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
*L.M. Montgomery reference, maybe? I prefer to think so, even if it isn’t.