A new book by Pearl S. Buck, "The
Eternal Wonder," found 40 years after it was written, will be introduced to readers this coming October.
The recently discovered book, The Eternal Wonder, by Pulitzer Prize– and Nobel
Prize–winning author Pearl S. Buck is a rare and truly esteemed find in the book world.
wrote this moving and mesmerizing book shortly before she passed away in 1973. Forty
years later, in January 2013, the manuscript was found in storage and brought
to Open Road, Buck’s digital publisher. The
Eternal Wonder will be published by Open Road on October 22,
2013, both in digital format and in a beautifully packaged paperback
Friedman of Open Road, Michael Carlisle of InkWell, and Edgar S.
Walsh, Buck's son, said, “We are thrilled to discover and publish
a novel by one of only two American women to ever win both the Nobel
and Pulitzer prizes. The Eternal Wonder is as brilliant and
inspiring as Pearl Buck’s most famous works, and we look forward to
readers across the world getting to enjoy this long-lost masterpiece this fall
along with Buck’s other wonderful books.”
The Eternal Wonder is a personal and passionate fictional
exploration of the themes that meant so much to Buck in her life. It tells the
coming-of-age story of Randolph Colfax, an extraordinarily gifted young man
whose search for meaning and purpose leads him to New York, England, Paris, a
mission patrolling the demilitarized zone in Korea that will change his life
forever—and, ultimately, to love.
Road currently digitally publishes 28 other titles from Pearl
Buck, including The Big Wave, The Promise, A House Divided,
and Buck's Pulitzer Prize–winner, The Good Earth. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter
of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where
many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to
the United States. Throughout her life, she worked in support of civil and
women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international,
interracial adoption agency. For her body of work, Buck was awarded the Nobel
Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to do so.