The White Garden by Stephanie Barron
A Novel of Virginia Woolf (Random House Reader's Circle)

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In March 1941, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in England’s River Ouse. Her body was found three weeks later. What seemed like a tragic ending at the time was, in fact, just the beginning of a mystery. . . .

Six decades after Virginia Woolf’s death, landscape designer Jo Bellamy has come to Sissinghurst Castle for two reasons: to study the celebrated White Garden created by Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville-West and to recover from the terrible wound of her grandfather’s unexplained suicide. In the shadow of one of England’s most famous castles, Jo makes a shocking find: Woolf’s last diary, its first entry dated the day after she allegedly killed herself.

If authenticated, Jo’s discovery could shatter everything historians believe about Woolf’s final hours. But when the Woolf diary is suddenly stolen, Jo’s quest to uncover the truth will lead her on a perilous journey into the tumultuous inner life of a literary icon whose connection to the White Garden ultimately proved devastating.

Rich with historical detail, The White Garden is an enthralling novel of literary suspense that explores the many ways the past haunts the present–and the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of the most carefully tended garden.


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About Stephanie Barron

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STEPHANIE BARRON is Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LAUREN BERGMAN is Curatorial Assistant in the Modern Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Exhibition Associate for Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective. PHYLLIS TUCHMAN, a New York-based art writer and art historian, has written for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Art and Auction, Artnet, Smithsonian, Vogue, and the New York Times.
 
Published September 22, 2009 by Bantam. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Denver Post

(And to boot, what if in those hidden days at Sissinghurst, Woolf, not Vita, came up with the idea for the castle's famous white garden?) It all sounds a bit farfetched until you read "The White Garden."

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Huntington News

Ever since I read Elizabeth Kostova's 2005 novel "The Historian," I've been looking for a worthy successor in a genre that might be called on the road suspense historical fiction: A road trip in search of elusive truths about an historical figure.

Sep 29 2009 | Read Full Review of The White Garden: A Novel of ...

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

that we are all riddled with competing loyalties that confuse and divide us.” In Stephanie Barron’s The White Garden, thirty-four year old landscape gardener Jo Bellamy visits Kent, England, in October 2008.

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