“What a splendid day! ... I pity people who aren’t born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one.”
- Anne Shirley
“In Anne of Green Gables, you will find the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice.”
- Mark Twain
Stemming from a single line in a note-book: “Elderly couple apply to orphan asylum for a boy. By mistake a girl is sent to them,” arose a book that put Canadian literature and Prince Edward Island on the map.
The nostalgic charm of Avonlea comes alive in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s heart-warming tale set on the quaint island of Prince William about an aging brother and sister, Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert, and their decision to adopt a young boy to help with chores around their farm. However, as the result of a misunderstanding the boy turns out to be a feisty, independent, and wildly imaginative redheaded girl named Anne. Marilla’s first reaction to this news is, “What use is she to us?” Wherein Mathew replies, “We might be of some use to her.” Throughout this moving story these two statements mix and meld together so richly and completely that they become one truth. Three lives are changed so dramatically that none can imagine life without the others. Each new day brings a new set of adventures, often hilarious and always uplifting. Anne’s vivid and overactive imagination is the cause of many mishaps, but her saving grace is her heart of gold. Her best friend and “kindred spirit,” Diana, and her handsome admirer, Gilbert Blythe, often find themselves unintentional victims of Anne’s escapades.
Displaced, orphaned, alone, Anne weaves her way into he hearts of not only the fictional characters she comes across in Montgomery’s plots, but also, and most importantly, the readers. Nearly one hundred years later, her worldwide appeal is untouched.