Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Pages: 799 Pages
Publisher: Puffin Books
As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too—caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.
Based on the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence.
For years I was convinced I had read Little Women. I was sure of it. I knew the storyline, I knew the characters, I knew certain things that happen in the novel.
As it turns out I had not actually read the book but my knowledge had come from hearing about the story over the years.
I started reading Little Women at Christmas time. I took it slowly. I didn’t want to miss a thing about out. I wanted to treasure it. I am so glad that I took that approach because it is such a gorgeous story.
It got me thinking though, that if Little Women was published today how would the story be different? Meg would be a harassed housewife who spent all her time dreaming of a career she wanted. Amy would have been a social media star with a million Instagram followers. Beth, I think would be the least different from the character that Alcott originally intended and Joe would have ended up with Laurie. That would be the dream.
I’m awfully glad I can cross Little Women off my list of classic books to read.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is available now.
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