"Katherine Mansfield" reinvents the life of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), the modernist writer who revolutionized the short story, created the only writing Virginia Woolf was ever jealous of, and was consumed by tuberculosis at thirty-four.
Intertwined into this historical novel are Katherine's personal correspondence and journal writings. In her own words, she reveals her volatile relationships with both her husband John and her loyal caregiver Ida, and her fierce grip on life as she fights against a disease that saps her energy, debilitates her body, and steals away the hours needed to write.
Mansfield’s story begins in London where, on her thirtieth birthday, she is diagnosed with tuberculosis and told that she might live a few more years if she stops writing, moves to a sanatorium, and promises to live a quiet, passive life. Unwilling to enter a sanatorium, she attempts a home cure that fails.
Afraid of an early death, she becomes a wandering consumptive and travels from London to Paris, to the Riviera and to the Alps in pursuit of a cure, not only for herself, but through her writing, perhaps, for others.
"In Pursuit . . ." is an absorbing tale of desire, impermanence, and atonement. A haunting exploration of one woman's powerful determination to live a full and challenging life in spite of the limitations forced upon her by illness.