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For those who don't know, Holz's book puts forward the theory that Rose was really the author of the Little House books, or at the very least a co-author. The book caused a huge uproar among LIW fans, for obvious reasons. I still don't know what I think, and someday I hope to have a chance to examine Laura's original manuscripts, or at least copies of them, to get a feel for what really went on.
But back to A Wilder Rose: first off, as I started reading, I didn't want to stop. As much as it upset me to read a lot of it, it was also fascinating to learn more about Rose. But reading about her relationship with Laura - which was undoubtedly complicated, at best - was incredibly painful for me. Rose was the only child of Laura and Almanzo Wilder to live past infancy, and her parents - moreso her mother - had a very hard time letting go of her. Yet in some ways, Rose and Laura were almost too much alike, only Rose got the freedom and unconventional life that Laura had imagined for herself.
About 2/3 of the way through the book I sort of lost momentum. It seemed to be just repeating the same ideas over and over again: Rose was stuck living at Rocky Ridge, feeling the pressure to look after everyone, even as she took on responsibility for more and more people. She thought that the royalties from Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, and Little House on the Prairie (LIW's contract was originally for three books) would allow her parents to support themselves without financial dependence on her, but she didn't expect there to be eight books that she would spend months rewriting. The theme of Rose's "prison" became very dragging on the book, and I just wanted to tell her to get over herself! Either help or not, but shut up about it! I probably should have been feeling sympathy, but I just got tired of her excuses for why she couldn't possibly change her situation.
I also wish that it had felt a little less like: "this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened..." Despite the interludes where 53-year-old Rose talks about the past decade of her life with a young writer friend (which I actually found distracting) eventually the litany of depression (granted, it takes place during the Great Depression) becomes almost suffocating. She talks about loving John Turner (one of her informally "adopted" sons) but as a reader, I never really saw WHY she did, and I wasn't really sure I saw the expression of that love, either.
In fact many of the characters in the book seem to be underdeveloped. Outside of Rose and Laura, you rarely get a sense of the other characters. We don't understand what they saw in Rose, or what Rose saw in them. One example is Rose's friend "Troub" (AKA Helen Boylston): the author hints at a romantic relationship between the two, but I wish it had been stated conclusively one way or the other. As it is written, it just felt like the author didn't want to make a decision one way or the other.
However, overall, I'd recommend this book to those interested in Laura and Rose. While I can't say it is historical fact (the reader has to keep in mind that it is a novel, although I wish that she'd taken a cue from Rose herself and allowed herself more literary freedom to shape the story) it is factual enough to be interesting, and to make me want to explore more about Rose.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It did not paint a great picture of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but maybe that is to be expected because the children's books were written for children. I did not get a good feeling for who Rose really was. I know she was very independent, and I did like her world adventures, and she probably was a really interesting person. I may read a book that Rose wrote sometime.
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