The white garden : a novel of Virginia Woolf

by Barron, Stephanie.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC BARRON
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC BARRON
Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC BARRO
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC BARRO
Northland Public Library Mystery FIC BARRON MYS
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Mystery
In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England's River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. What seemed like a tragic ending at the time was, in fact, just the beginning of a mystery. . . .

Six decades after Virginia Woolf's death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather's unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England's most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf's last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself.

If authenticated, Jo's discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf's final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo's quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to the White Garden ultimately proved devastating.

Rich with historical detail, The White Garden is an enthralling novel of literary suspense that explores the many ways the past haunts the present-and the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of the most carefully tended garden.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In her latest offering, Barron, the author of nine popular Jane Austen mysteries, turns her attention to another female literary icon Virginia Woolf. As the novel opens, American gardening guru Jo Bellamy arrives in England to study Sissinghurst's famous White Garden, the brainchild of writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson. (A wealthy New York businessman hired Jo to re-create the blooming wonder at his estate). But Jo can't leave past woes behind, namely the tragic suicide of her grandfather, Jock. She soon discovers that Jock once tended to the very soil upon which she stands, and a notebook she finds on the property even mentions him by name. Dead-set on determining its authenticity (Could it have been written by Sackville-West's one-time lover, Virginia Woolf?), Jo teams up with a debonair Sotheby's executive, who has an agenda of his own. The two embark on an adventure that takes them to Rodwell, site of the country residence where Woolf reportedly drowned. While Barron's novel has an intriguing premise and will certainly attract literary mystery fans, some readers may become frustrated by the plot's belabored pace.--Block, Allison Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barron, a pseudonym for thriller writer Francine Mathews, puts her talents for suspense to good use examining the death of Virginia Woolf from the vantage point of present-day England. The story begins when American Jo Bellamy sets out to study the White Garden at the estate of Virginia Woolf's lover, working for Long Island clients who want to recreate it. Her mission also has a personal component: figuring out why Jo's beloved grandfather, who worked at the garden as a youth, killed himself. After the head gardener passes Jo a journal he found in the tool shed, which may be Woolf's work, Jo embarks upon a wild tour of Woolf's old stomping grounds, tracking down answers and missing pages. While leaning on convenient stereotypes-the headstrong but clueless American; the femme fatale (with eyes like "liquid pools"); stuffy Brits-Barron invests the text with a quick pace and an absorbing plot, making this a dynamic thriller with a well-tempered literary fixation. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Woolf, Virginia, -- 1882-1941 -- Fiction.
Women authors, English -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :Bantam Books,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes Includes reading group questions (p. 325-326).
Description 326 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780553385779
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