The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow by Opal Whiteley (Epub PDF Audiobook) The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley.
Long before environmental consciousness became a widespread phenomenon, the enchanting narrative of Opal Whitely, a young nature writer, captivated the hearts of Americans. In 1902, Opal’s childhood diary emerged as an instant sensation, swiftly becoming a bestseller and sparking extensive discussions. Described as wistful, funny, and wise, Opal’s diary resonated with readers, hailed as “the revelation of the life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness—so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart.”
However, the euphoria surrounding the diary was short-lived. Skeptics denounced it as an adult-written hoax, unleashing a scandal that cast a shadow over the book and pushed it into obscurity. The aftermath took a toll on Opal’s delicate spirit.
Enter bestselling author Benjamin Hoff, who stumbled upon the diary by chance and embarked on a quest to unravel the enduring mystery of its origin. His accompanying biography of Opal not only sheds light on the authenticity of the document but also provides compelling evidence that it is the work of a magically gifted child—the forgotten interpreter of nature in America. In bringing Opal’s story to the forefront, Hoff aims to restore the rightful place of this remarkable diary in literary history and revive the legacy of a young visionary whose voice was nearly silenced by the controversies that surrounded her.
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