Official Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Sooo….confession here! Many months ago I received an eARC copy of the book The Velveteen Daughter from the publisher via NetGalley. However, I was a bad NetGalley user, and was unable to read the book by the time my eARC expired. This was the first NetGalley title to expire on me, and I was incredibly bummed, as I was really looking forward to reading this book! So today’s spotlight post on The Velveteen Daughter really should’ve been a review of the book, but I messed up. And lesson learned! I’ll keep my eye on those expiration dates, especially if the book is not sent to my Kindle (which this one wasn’t. I had to use a different app, which is why the expiration date mattered).
I’ve only heard about this book through NetGalley, but the blurb sounds so interesting, and I’m always fascinated by stories that tell the story behind famous books and their authors. This is a book that I’d love to read at some point, and the book is set to be published today, July 11th.
Links to The Velveteen Daughter on Amazon | Goodreads
Does this sound like a fascinating read? Is The Velveteen Rabbit a story near and dear to your heart? I don’t know if I’ve ever actually read it!