Louisa May Alcott
Two months ago when our friends were in town, we visited Louisa May Alcott’s former home in Concord, Massachusetts. Though it was interesting to see where she and her family lived and to learn about their lives, I was embarrassed to admit I hadn’t read Little Women. Semi-autobiographical in nature, it is a fascinating read!
At the beginning of the story, Father is away fighting the Civil War while wise Mother, responsible Meg, narrator Jo, sweet Beth and haughty Amy are home in New England trying to make ends meet. Little Women follows the girls from their teen years through young adulthood, marriage and parenthood.
I can clearly see why this remarkable book is #9 on Amazon’s top 100 list of books to read. A well-written novel, Little Women both engages and educates the reader on mid 19th century New England life and mores.