The Resource The velveteen daughter : a novel, Laurel Davis Huber

The velveteen daughter : a novel, Laurel Davis Huber

Label
The velveteen daughter : a novel
Title
The velveteen daughter
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Laurel Davis Huber
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The story of Margery Williams Bianco, author of the beloved children's book 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, including 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
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, 2017
Review
  • Debut novelist Huber brings psychological acuity and tender empathy to her portraits of Margery Williams, the English American author of the children’s literature classic The Velveteen Rabbit, and her artist daughter, Pamela Bianco. Huber’s novel knits their viewpoints together in short alternating chapters, a perfect structure for characters whose lives are so intertwined that it would be difficult to tell their stories separately. Growing up in early twentieth-century Turin, Pamela displays such uncanny artistic talent that her Italian-born father puts her under the spotlight, arranging exhibitions that gain her international attention. This childhood fame has dire repercussions. As a young woman in New York’s art scene, Pamela endures melancholic episodes and suffers intense, unrequited love for a family friend, while lively, warmhearted Margery constantly worries about her fragile daughter’s stability. Huber excels in depicting these complex family dynamics, and her subject is strikingly original. Combining the elegance of literary fiction with realistic period atmosphere and an emotional openness reminiscent of personal memoirs, the prose is entirely immersive. A compelling read for art- and women’s-history enthusiasts as well as historical-fiction fans. -- Johnson, Sarah (Reviewed 5/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 18, p26)
  • /* Starred Review */ It doesn't take long for author Margery Williams and Italian husband Francesco Bianco to realize that their daughter, Pamela Bianco, is a child prodigy. In 1921, when Pamela is 14, the New York art world goes mad for her debut exhibition of delicately etched works. Margery soon shares the limelight with her daughter when her beloved children's classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, is published in 1922. Behind the scenes, Pamela fights mental illness for much of her life, a battle triggered by her unrequited love for Diccon, aka author Richard Hughes (A High Wind in Jamaica), and pressure from her father to focus on greater works of art and abandon the children's illustrations she loves. (A joint mother/daughter book, The Skin Horse, was published in 1927.) The alternating narratives, told over the course of 33 years and enhanced by photographs and pictures of Pamela's work, is a masterpiece. In a story as exquisitely wrought as Pamela's intricate line drawings, debut novelist Huber brings to life the challenges of childhood genius, the glittering world of the creative arts in the decades leading up to World War II and beyond, the devastation of mental illness, and the power of unwavering parental love. VERDICT Incandescent, pitch-perfect, and destined for greatness.—Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI --Beth Andersen (Reviewed 07/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 12, p70)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10573009
Cataloging source
HHO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Huber, Laurel Davis
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bianco, Margery Williams
  • Bianco, Pamela
  • Bianco, Margery Williams
  • Bianco, Pamela
  • Women artists
  • Women authors
  • Depression, Mental
  • Mothers and daughters
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Depression, Mental
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Women artists
  • Women authors
Label
The velveteen daughter : a novel, Laurel Davis Huber
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes discussion questions
  • Includes endnotes regarding the authenticity of the story, pages 381-384
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, pages 391-393
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1923160
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9781631521928
Lccn
2016961869
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631521928
  • (OCoLC)993679509
Label
The velveteen daughter : a novel, Laurel Davis Huber
Publication
Note
  • Includes discussion questions
  • Includes endnotes regarding the authenticity of the story, pages 381-384
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, pages 391-393
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1923160
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9781631521928
Lccn
2016961869
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631521928
  • (OCoLC)993679509

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