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Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal Publisher: Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781501238369

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The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents’ Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928. There she began a collaboration with her mother on the pioneer stories that would captivate generations of readers around the world.

Despite the books’ success, Rose’s involvement would remain a secret long after both women died. A vivid account of a great literary deception, A Wilder Rose is a spellbinding tale of a complicated mother-daughter relationship set against the brutal backdrop of the Great Depression.

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  • “Albert does an excellent job of bringing historical figures to life in a credible way; her novel is well paced, its characterizations are strong, and the plot is solidly constructed. Readers begin to understand Lane’s personality and mentality, as well as the things that drive her.”

    - Publishers Weekly, starred review 
  • “A fine study in personalities, an accurate depiction of time and place, and a thorough understanding of the birth of the Little House books.”

    - William Anderson, author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography
  • “Albert fictionalizes history in a way that helps readers better understand [the Lane/Wilder story]. She reopens the controversy over who deserves primary credit for the Little House series, while at the same time engagingly and persuasively reimagines the conflicted mother-daughter relationship.”

    - John E. Miller, author of Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “Rose Wilder Lane deserves to be fully recognized for her co-authorship of the Little House books. Susan Wittig Albert does that, and more, in [this] compelling and well-researched novel…A revealing,  behind-the-scenes look into a literary deception that has persisted for decades.”

    - William Holtz, author of The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane
  • “This pitch-perfect novel reimagines the life of Rose Wilder Lane, coauthor of Little House on the Prairie…A nuanced, moving, and resonant novel about fraught mother-daughter relationships, family obligation, and the ways we both inherit and reject the values of our parents…With all of the charm of the Little House series—and the benefit of a sophisticated, adult worldview—Albert’s novel is an absolute pleasure.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of over 100 books. Her work includes four mystery series: China Bayles, the Darling Dahlias, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the Robin Paige Victorian mysteries. She has published three award-winning historical novels, as well as young-adult fiction, memoirs, and nonfiction. She serves as an editor of Story Circle Book Reviews and helps to coordinate its online class program.

About the Narrator

Mary Robinette Kowal is an author, a voice actor, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, and a puppeteer. She was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo nominee for her story “Evil Robot Monkey.” She is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters.