Little Women and (their father) March – Two novels

17 Feb

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel March by Geraldine Brooks, paired with a re-reading of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, is a rewarding dual selection for book discussion groups. March is Mr. March, the father of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who leaves home to volunteer as a Union chaplain the Civil War. His experiences provide a dark picture of the war – evil and suffering that affect soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict.  Marriage to Mr. March, who is a “true believer” in abolitionism, is not a bed of roses for Marmee, his wife.  You may not accept Brooks’ March as the missing father in Little Women, but the author has woven solid historical research into an engrossing story. Louisa May Alcott finished her novel about the March family a few years after the Civil War, basing her characters on her childhood memories.  Re-reading Little Women as an adult lets you compare your favorite sisters or family members, then and now.  Plan on extra discussion time if your book club reads these novels in tandem! Beth


4 Responses to “Little Women and (their father) March – Two novels”

  1. Connie April 9, 2007 at 9:24 pm #

    Another fascinating book which examines, in part, the life of Louisa May Alcott, is called American Bloomsbury, by Susan Cheever. It’s an account of the group of extraordinary writers and thinkers living in Concord, MA, during the early 1800’s. I highly recommend it!

  2. Katie March 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    Wow! this is interesting!!!!!!

  3. tonii November 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    i am 12 years old and i love little women.i have just finished reading good wives and i cried for ages when beth dies.i dont think its fair that she has to die when she is my favourite one out of the four.

  4. Mehrun kahn February 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I read this booke (little woman) every day. that time i feel all the part family is my family. i like all member specialy Beth. I also tell to people please call me by name Beth. nice book

    Indore MP(India)

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