Buck also sent hundreds of autographed copies of her works to Hillsboro. Some are still available.
"She was trying to help the birthplace foundation to restore her mother's house here in Hillsboro," Groves said.
Groves searched through the records to see if "The Eternal Wonder" was among those manuscripts but wasn't surprised when she didn't find it. She said it would not have been unusual as writers typically have multiple copies of one piece as they go through the writing process.
Groves was eager to read the new book.
The publisher describes the book as "a personal and passionate fictional exploration of the themes that meant so much to Buck in her life."
The new book tells the story of the extraordinarily gifted Randolph Colfax, who goes by the name Rann. His search for meaning and purpose takes him to New York, England, Paris and to a mission patrolling the demilitarized zone in Korea that would change his life and ultimately lead him to love.
"That definitely sounds like a topic she would have written about," Groves said.
Groves said they plan to sell copies of the book at the birthplace. The house is restored and currently offers tours and other activities. Groves said they were planning to hold a Chinese Moon Festival in September to expose the community to Chinese culture.
"We're just trying really hard to keep her legacy alive because we think she was a very important person and an important humanitarian," Groves said.
Megan Tarbett, who runs the Capitol Reads program for the West Virginia Library Commission, named "The Good Earth" the club's May book. She had not heard of the new book but was excited about it.
The Library Commission is spearheading the West Virginia Reads 150 challenge. Residents are encouraged to read 150 books of any genre in honor of the state's sesquicentennial. She said "The Eternal Wonder" could absolutely be on the list.
Toni Blessing, adult services manager in charge of collection and programming for the Kanawha County Public Library, also hadn't heard of the new book but said "The Good Earth" is one of her favorite novels.
She said the library would get multiple copies of the new book and would like to have a copy available for each branch.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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