Timothy - I think LMM saying The Story Girl was her favorite work may be a case of recency bias. With TSG, a plot of kids trying to entertain themselves and enjoy the carefree outdoors will cause a "through line" to get lost somewhere in the King Orchard. You once pointed out to me that the book lacks a nemesis, which would have created more tension between the characters. I agree. Even so, you can't beat the simple times portrayed in the stories. There were "dream books" to compare, a "who can give the best sermon contest", and my favorite, when the kids spent days making preparations for what they truly believed was the end of the world. Plus, unlike in the TV series, The Story Girl earns her name on them pages.
You're absolutely right Michael. These simple stories during that summer on King Farm are well written stories. What surprised me was Montgomery said that The Story Girl was, from a literary perspective, far ahead of Anne of Green Gables. This was an interesting statement, considering that the vast majority literary critics would disagree with her.
I think Montgomery picked the Story Girl as her favorite because she was writing about her fond childhood recollections-most likely with her relatives on her uncle's neighboring farm and with her close friends Well and Dave Nelson. Still, I think the Story Girl is greatly underrated.
I am interested in what you will think about the Golden Road.