Of the best and least loved: a review of Little Women

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The trouble with writing a review about a novel you’ve been reading for over twenty years is how often and how quickly your thoughts and feelings about it can change so that each time you get around to capturing said thoughts and feelings they seem to contradict the ones you have one hour later. At some point however one must just be brave… Continue reading

The Art of Amy March in The Other Alcott

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What if Amy had continued her ardent pursuit of art in Little Women? This novel by Elise Hooper is about the real Amy – May Alcott. The one who did not aim to become “an ornament to society” but relentlessly worked to make a career of her art and succeeded. Continue reading

Finding gems in The woman behind Little Women

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The woman behind Little Women is a brilliantly written and deeply researched biography that neatly straddles the line between empathy with the various people who appear and rigorous consideration of the historical, social and economic contexts they navigated. Continue reading

Jo March’s legacy: musing over The Little Women Letters

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An irresistibly disarming novel, The Little Women Letters is the story of a year in the life of the Atwater sisters Emma, Lulu and Sophie and their mother Fee, direct descendants of Jo March from Little Women. Continue reading

The confessions of Jo and Laurie in the Little Women sequels

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Did Friedrich Bhaer replace Theodore Laurence as Jo March’s dearest friend? Or did Jo and Laurie retain that irresistible connection in the Little Women sequels… Continue reading