Little Women Legacy: (Down) Under the Umbrella with Trix Wilkins, Featured Author

Reminiscing over favorite moments in Little Women, feeling sentimental about what led to the Courtship of Jo March, and honoring the unforgettable people who have spoken truth into my life… Thank you to the editors of the Little Women Legacy who brought my thoughts on Jo and Laurie to the world, and who dared to ask me for truth.

In this blog post series, we’ll feature contributing authors from our new anthology, Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes: The Little Women Legacy. Today we’ll catch up with Trix Wilkins, writer, Aussie, and Alcott enthusiast.

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Contributor Trix Wilkins, photographed by her seven-year-old son, reads Little Women across from the iconic Sydney Opera House.


What is your favorite scene from Little Women?

I love the New Year’s Eve ball where Jo and Laurie officially meet. They have an interesting and free-flowing conversation, and of course that wonderful dance in the hallway that happens because Jo says she can’t show the burn in her dress and Laurie says let’s dance anyway. It’s a lot of fun. I think this is the first time in the novel we see Jo unburdened—no thoughts of money or war or work, just joyful moments—and being the person she might always be in the company of such a friend…

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A Tale of Two Editors of The Little Women Legacy

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I had to ask: Team Laurence or Team Bhaer? Editors Merry Gordon and Marnae Kelly talk Jo March’s ending, how they’d put the March sisters to work at Pink Umbrella Books (not just work of course – they’d go on holiday too), and surprises for Little Women fans in the to-be-released anthology, Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes: The Little Women Legacy. Continue reading

Little Women Reading Journal: Jo’s Boys (Part 4)

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Jo’s Boys is a very close second favorite novel of mine of the Little Women series! Full of heroism, compassion, humor, redemption. An admittedly late post for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. Continue reading

Little Women Reading Journal: Little Men (Part 3)

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Much deeper appreciation for Little Men upon this re-read! Endearing moments of childhood, wrenching loss of love – and, inevitably, this line by Theodore Laurence: “It is sometimes the strong brave woman who stirs up the boy and makes a man of him.” An admittedly late post for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. Continue reading

Little Women Reading Journal: Good Wives (Part 2, Chapters 20-24)

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The courtship chapters…there are engagements, elopements, weddings, reunions, and grand plans. Plenty to laugh at, plenty to love, and plenty that unexpectedly broke my heart this time. Written for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. Continue reading

Little Women Reading Journal: Good Wives (Part 2, Chapters 10-19)

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These are perhaps the chapters that have elicited the strongest feelings…Grief, disappointment, confusion, and – yes, I’m one of those readers – a bit of outrage. Written for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. Continue reading