Mazo de la Roche was an impoverished writer in Toronto when in 1927 she won a $10,000 prize from the American magazine Atlantic Monthly for her novel Jalna. The book became an immediate bestseller. She went on to publish sixteen novels in the popular series.
The Mazo de la Roche Story 2-Book Bundle
Mazo de la Roche, author of the acclaimed Jalna series, is revealed in the writings of two luminaries on the subject: author Heather Kirk, and Mazo herself. This bundle unites Kirkâ€™s groundbreaking biography of de la Roche with the great Canadian authorâ€™s memoirs, rereleased now after their original 1957 publication.
Ringing the Changes
First published in 1957, Mazo de la Rocheâ€™s last autobiography is a vivid look at her life in Ontario, and a parting shot at her critics. A rare insight into the intimate thoughts of Mazo de la Roche, and the private life she normally kept hidden. The author confesses how strongly she connected with her character Finch Whiteoak, her struggles with wanting to be a boy, and her complicated relationship with her cousin and adoptive sibling, Caroline.
Mazo de la Roche
After the spectacular success of her novel Jalna in 1927, Mazo de la Roche went on to the top of bestseller lists with a series of sixteen novels expanding the story of a Canadian family named the Whiteoaks, living in a house called Jalna. Her success allowed her to travel the world and live in a mansion near Windsor Castle. Mazo created unforgettable characters who come to life for her readers, but she was secretive about her own life and tried to escape the public attention her fame brought.