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Sisters Meg, Jo and Amy have the perfect family--loving, creative parents; a comfortable life on Manhattan's Upper West Side; a future full of possibility. Perfect until the daughters discover their mother has had affair, and, even worse, that their father has forgiven her. Shattered by their parents' failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family, the two younger sisters leave New York and move to Meg's apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. It is here that the girls will form their own family, divorced from their parents. The Little Women is a chronicle of that year, wittily narrated as a novel written by the middle sister Jo and commented upon throughout by her sisters.

Katherine Weber is the author of two previous novels, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear and The Music Lesson. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Connecticut.

A New York Times Notable Book

A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Inspired by the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic, this is the story of the adolescent Green sistersMeg, Joanna, and Amywho lead a charmed life until they discover that their apparently perfect family is far more fragile than they had thought.

The Greens have always been close-knit, and when the sisters uncover their mother's affair, they are devastated by her betrayal. But they are even more disturbed by their father's apparently easy forgiveness of her. Deceived by their parents' failure to uphold the moral standards and values of the family, Joanna and Amy leave New York (and their private school) and move to Meg's apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. They enroll in the local inner-city public high school and, divorced from their parents, try to make a life with Meg as their surrogate mother. They share their apartment with the irrepressible Teddy Bell, whose devotion and friendship are key to the survival of this independent household.

Written in the form of an autobiographical novel by Joanna, the middle sister, the pages of The Little Women are punctuated by comments from the "real" Meg and Amy. Their notes and Jo's replies form a second narrative, as they argue about the "truth" of the novel and confront their novelist sister when she appropriates and reveals intimate details from their lives.

An ingenious feat of classic storytelling in a contemporary mode, The Little Women confirms Katharine Weber's reputation as a writer who "astutely explores the gap between perception and reality" (The New York Times Book Review).

"[Weber's] seamless integration of a metafictional narrative with skillful old-fashioned storytelling is intellectually and aesthetically satisfying."Emily Barton, The New York Times Book Review

"The very epitome of clever: smartly written and snappily paced."Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune

"Stops being droll only to be funny and almost never stops being exceedingly smart . . . [The Little Women] is a hermit crab. Creeping into the whelk shell of Louisa May Alcott's celebrated novel, it avails itself of the spirals to do double and triple twists inside them . . . She has written not so much a novel of ideas as a play of ideas."Richard Eder, The New York Times

"The ingredients of this novel are delightful . . . Mix them together and what do you get? Exciting sex in the presence of great art. Loss and discovery. Self-reliance and conviction. As always, that legacy of the Irish soul, solitude."Los Angeles Times

"Very moving, at times terrifying, and throughout entirely gripping. A really important novel . . . I look forward to reading her other books."Muriel Spark

"Likely to haunt you when you're done with it . . . A wonderful book."The Washington Post Book World

"As intricate as an acrostic . . . Weber's skill is such that her puzzle engages the reader throughout."The New Yorker

"Artful . . . surpasses her masterful debut . . . Weber's prose is beautiful and at times menacingly obsessive."The San Jose Mercury News

"Like the Irish writer Brian Moore whose work hers resembles, Weber constructs a spare, carefully plotted psychological thriller [that] resonates long after the book is closed."Houston Chronicle

Synopsis:

Sisters Meg, Jo and Amy have the perfect family--loving, creative parents; a comfortable life on Manhattan's Upper West Side; a future full of possibility. Perfect until the daughters discover their mother has had affair, and, even worse, that their father has forgiven her. Shattered by their parents' failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family, the two younger sisters leave New York and move to Meg's apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. It is here that the girls will form their own family, divorced from their parents. The Little Women is a chronicle of that year, wittily narrated as a novel written by the middle sister Jo and commented upon throughout by her sisters.

Synopsis:

In Weber's third novel--classic storytelling in a contemporary mode--three adolescent sisters (Meg, Jo, and Amy) are shocked when they discover their mother's affair and their parents' failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family.

About the Author

Katharine Weber lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423094
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Weber, Katharine
Author:
Weber, Katherine
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picador
Publication Date:
20041001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.20x5.62x.72 in. .53 lbs.

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Sisters Meg, Jo and Amy have the perfect family--loving, creative parents; a comfortable life on Manhattan's Upper West Side; a future full of possibility. Perfect until the daughters discover their mother has had affair, and, even worse, that their father has forgiven her. Shattered by their parents' failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family, the two younger sisters leave New York and move to Meg's apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. It is here that the girls will form their own family, divorced from their parents. The Little Women is a chronicle of that year, wittily narrated as a novel written by the middle sister Jo and commented upon throughout by her sisters.

"Synopsis" by , In Weber's third novel--classic storytelling in a contemporary mode--three adolescent sisters (Meg, Jo, and Amy) are shocked when they discover their mother's affair and their parents' failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family.
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