A Wilder Rose

  • by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling 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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The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It

Well I'm at sixes and sevens about this book. I really wanted to love it. My kids all adored the Little House books and I have even visited the Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield Missouri. I had high hopes for some balance and insight in this book. The author admits that the book is a fictionalized account of the lives of the characters. This is where my problem may lie. It all felt a bit contrived.

I wonder if there wasn't a hidden agenda in the topics that Albert chose to stress. The whole thing felt polarized and pushing a message---this made me wary and uncomfortable. I think the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of these stories. Overall, this was an uncomfortable and unhappy listen for me. I would love to find a book with the actual letters between mother and daughter--this, to me, would be an interesting read.
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- Sara

A Great Insight Into Freelance Writing

I found this book utterly fascinating. I was never a huge Laura Ingles Wilder fan as a child, but I'm now in love with Rose Wilder Lane. She was a pioneer for writing women everywhere.
Mary Robinette Kowal is a fantastic narrator. She recommend this book on a podcast she contributes to, "Writing Excuses," and it was every bit as amazing as she said it was. Her southern accent is done just right. She never overplays the part, and she keeps her voice from varying in volume, (greatly appreciated for those of us listening with headphones).

The story was well written, with a very contemplative climax, and a real sense of the struggles freelance writers face. Ms. Albert has a mastery of prose, a deft hand with detail, and raises the everyday drama of the 'dirty 30's' with subtle grace that most historical fiction writers lack.
This may not be a great book for people looking for dramatized reenactments. This is an outstanding book for for any kind of writer though.
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- S06N

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio