Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Heavens to Betsy and Betsy In Spite of Herself


Heaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace. Harper Perennial Modern Classics Edition, 2009. Copy supplied by publisher. My love of these books was made known via twitter & that is how these lovely volumes came into my hands.

Why post again again when I just wrote about these books in Betsy: The High School Years?

Because when you fall for Betsy Ray, you fall hard. So be prepared for posts about the last six of the Betsy Ray books, reissued in three volumes.

These first two books span Betsy's freshmen and sophomore years in High School. Laura Lippman, mystery writer, writes the foreword. Reading what other Betsy admirers has to say is like meeting a friend; and reading what someone like Lippman has to say offers new insights into understanding just what is the attraction about turn of the century Deep Valley and the people who lived there.

Speaking as a teen who read Betsy, Lippman remembers that "Betsy was the most relatable character I could find." She talks about Betsy and her writing, and how "the person who comes between Betsy and her writing in her first two years of high school is ... Betsy." And how through it all, Betsy writes -- moves forward in her dream of writing, despite everything -- with the support of those who love her. A fine role model for anyone.

I also reviewed The Betsy Tacy Companion, a must-read for fans. Harper has the applicable excerpts from the Companion in this volume! Including the photographs of the "real" people and places! So you can read the books and get instant gratification by reading the "true" story behind the books.


© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

4 comments:

musicartwords said...

I didn't learn about Betsy until I was an adult, but I bought the whole series. It is just so sweet! But not too much.

Anonymous said...

I loved these books as a kid/teen

I hope they also reprint the companion books, especially Carney's House party my copy is a discarded library edition. I loved seeing Betsy's world from the viewpoint of one of the other characters.

Amy S

Belle said...

I loved the Betsy-Tacy books as a kid. I hadn't heard of the Betsy-Tacy Companion - I must get my hands on a copy of that!

Erin said...

Oh how I love Deep Valley! Everything about it and everyone in it. You've just made me want to start the series all over again... Thank you!

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