Like Colm Tóibín in THE MASTER, Joanna FitzPatrick captures the extraordinary mind and heart of a great writer. A woman who leaves her country, New Zealand, in the early 20th century to live in London alongside the Bloomsbury Group, driven to make her own mark amongst these literary giants.
She was succeeding with her ambitious plan, until on October 14th, her thirtieth birthday, when her doctors advised her to move to an open-air sanatorium, and quietly die in six months from tuberculosis; a degenerating disease that eventually blocked her writing, derailed her marriage, and fostered a growing dependency on her devoted caregiver, LM.
Beautiful and profoundly moving, KATHERINE MANSFIELD takes us on an inspirational, literary journey that explores the fear, loneliness and hope of a master storyteller compelled to risk anything in her urgent pursuit to write daringly innovative stories; cure her tuberculosis; and heal her withered soul. The emotional intensity of this journey is riveting.
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About the Author
Joanna FitzPatrick was raised in Hollywood and when not living in a 16th Century hameau in southern France, she and her husband perch in the St. Lucia mountains above Carmel Valley, California. She has been a screenwriter, artist manager, record company executive, and proofreader; an MFA graduate from Sarah Lawrence College; and, most recently, author of The Drummer’s Widow. She is currently at work on her next historical fiction novel, The Sketch Box (She Writes Press).
Table of Contents
Wellington, New Zealand; The Elephant House, London; The Trowells-London; Mr. Peacock; Virginia Woolf's Visit; John "Jack" Middleton Murry; San Remo, Italy; Casetta Deerholm-Ospedaletti; I Shot the ALBATROSS; The Diagnosis; The New Husband; Loneliness; Griselda; L'Hermitage-Menton, France; Villa Flora, Menton; The Elephant House-London; Elizabeth von Armin; 32nd Birthday; Villa Isola Bella; Plotting Another Escape; Sierre, Switzerland; Chalet des Sapins; Dr. Manoukhin's Cure; Last Chance; Paris Séances; Montana-sur-Sierre; Chateau Bellevue; Return to London; 34th Birthday; Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man; Confessions at the Ritz; Initiation of the Priestess; Epilogue; Acknowledgements; A Note on Sources