I love Mary Lennox. I love Dickon and Martha. I love Colin. I love Ben Weatherstaff. I love the door in the wall.
(I also love Sara Crewe and her tale of triumph.)
But I don't know much about her other writing. I had no idea she had written loads of books and stories for adults.
I also love Persephone Books, an imprint devoted to re-publishing out-of-print 20th century novels by women writers.
And I was looking for a book into which I could dive completely. I've been having trouble focusing on reading, and it was time. So this book, "The Making of a Marchioness," came off the pile on my coffee table, and I hoped for the best. Bibliotherapy, we might call it, the use of a book to soothe what ails us.
Hodgson Burnett, who was married twice, tells two stories about marriage in this novel, and it includes a surprising exploration of domestic abuse–surprising for a book first published in 1900. I found the book engaging; I love (there's that word again) Hodgson Burnett's descriptions of people and places. I had a clear sense of the heroine and those around her. The book has some uncomfortable sections about race, but is mostly about class and marriage.
What's next? I have a couple of other novels handy, including Leif Enger's "So Young, Brave and Handsome." What are you reading?