The Velveteen Daughter – Laurel Davis Huber
Title: The Velveteen Daughter
Author: Laurel Davis Huber
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical/Biography
Page Length: 371 pages
A fan of children’s stories and especially of The Velveteen Rabbit, I was intrigued to learn more about the famous author, Margery Williams. Especially, to learn what it takes to become real.
The tone of the story was initially a bit jarring to read. I was not sure if it was just bad writing or the voice the author used. However, I kept reading and found my initial issues with the voice disappeared, as I fell into this strange little story. Though the chapters were mighty short.
The author claims this is a historical account based on records, but in all honesty it is also highly fictionalized. So when reading it, I took everything with a grain of salt. For the author cannot know for sure, the feelings and happenings of Margery and her daughter Pamela.
It was an interesting way to write their stories and while I found myself becoming enraptured by their personal struggles, I had to remind myself that these were somewhat fictionalized versions of the real Margery and Pamela. Regardless, I enjoyed the read, fiction or real, the two woman are easy to relate to.
Overall, I recommend it to Margery Williams fans.
You can find the tale on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: The Velveteen Daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time—The Velveteen Rabbit—and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother’s. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela’s dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother.
The glamorous art world of Europe and New York in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries—Eugene O’Neill and his wife Agnes (Margery’s niece), Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica—provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos’ story. From the opening pages, the novel will captivate readers with its multifaceted and illuminating observations on art, family, and the consequences of genius touched by madness.