Pearl Buck: A Biographical Novel
"After completing the biographies of two men," says author Virginia Westervelt, "I wanted to write about a woman, someone I admired."
Westervelt delves into all sides of this complex woman's life: her deep love for her mother; her two marriages; her brilliant writing career and its finest hour, the bestowal on her of the Nobel Prize for Literature; and her constant concern for those victims of war, the unwanted Amerasian children, several of whom she adopted herself. Pearl Buck was a great woman, but she had a human side. Westervelt does not flinch from portraying her faults as well as her virtues, so that the portrait that emerges is of a full-blooded person, loving and lovable, stubborn and proud. Admirers and detractors alike will quickly lose themselves in this unforgettable biography.