Unpublished Novel by Pearl S. Buck Found in Texas Storage Unit


I live for stories like this. My children are regularly subjected to garage and estate sales.  They tap their feet and emit long, angsty, teenage sighs as I go through ancient, musty-smelling boxes, looking and hoping for such a gem.

It happened to someone. After forty years, an unpublished manuscript by Pearl S. Buck has been discovered in a Texas storage unit.  The New York Times reports that the manuscript was returned to Buck’s family “for a small fee.”  How the manuscript came to be in Texas is a mystery;  Buck, a West Virigina native,  never lived in Texas, nor did she have family in Texas.

Although Buck’s best-known work today is The Good Earth, in the early twentieth century, many of her other works were widely read. A prolific author, Buck wrote dozens of novels, works of non-fiction, and short stories. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first woman upon which the honor was bestowed.

The new novel titled  The Eternal Wonder is described as ““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 and on a mission patrolling the DMZ in Korea that will change his life forever — and, ultimately, to love.”

The publisher, Open Road Integrated Mediasays the novel will be released on October 22, 2013, in both paperback and eBook formats.