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****The Road to Yesterday

by L. M. Montgomery

Reviewed May 25, 2004.
Bantam Books, New York, 1993.  First published in 1974.  404 pages. 
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #2, Young Adult and Children's Classics

The Road to Yesterday, is the last of the books about Anne of Green Gables, though it’s not really about Anne, but just full of references to her.  L. M. Montgomery worked on this book at the end of her life, but it wasn’t published until long after her death.  She clearly was tired of stories about Anne, so this is simply a collection of short stories, with every story containing people who know the Blythes.  If the character is good, they love the Blythe family.  If the character is bad, you can tell that’s so because they don’t like Anne.

The references to Anne and her family get quite annoying after awhile, but other than that, this is a delightful collection of short stories.  L. M. Montgomery learned her craft by writing stories for magazines, and she kept that gift of storytelling to the end of her life.  Even her novels tend to be episodic.  Her great gift was really with short stories and humorous incidents.

These stories are reminiscent of the many other collections of her work.  There are the quirky characters, the long-lost relatives, mistaken identities, old grudges or loves, and people forced to give up long cherished theories.

As always, I found reading L. M. Montgomery’s work like breathing a breath of fresh air.  These are warm, humorous, charming stories, full of laughter and love.

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