Synopses & Reviews
Timeless in its evocation of idealized family life and robustly enduring, Little Women
is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories of all time. Originally written as a "girls" story, its appeal transcends the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. For this is a beguiling story of happiness and hope, of the joys of companionship, domestic harmony and infinite mother love, all seen through the life of the March family.
But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every reader must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg, or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family? Little Women was an instant success when first published in 1868, and followed only a year later by the sequel, Little Wives.
Alcott's iconic novel — the beloved portrait of a 19th-century New England family in wartime — has been adored for generations. Now, this classic is available in a vibrant new deluxe edition with an introduction by Jane Smiley.
Louisa May Alcott's iconic novel-the beloved portrait of a nineteenth-century New England family in wartime
The classic story of the March family, Little Women has been adored for generations. Now in a vibrant new deluxe edition with an introduction by Jane Smiley and a cover by Julie Doucet, the novel follows the lives of four sisters-tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy-as they come of age while their father is fighting in the Civil War. Since 1868, readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over the family's tragedy, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888), one of four daughters, grew up in an intellectual environment that encouraged her passion for words. In addition to writing, she served as a nurse during the Civil War.
Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of more than ten novels and four works of nonfiction.
Julie Doucet is the creator of the comic book Dirty Plotte and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award winning graphic novel, New York Diary.