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The four March sisters come of age against the backdrop of a nation forever changed by the Civil War. While their father serves in the conflict, the sisters—dutiful Meg, fiery Jo, gentle Beth, and fanciful Amy—are guided on a journey of growth and experience by their spirited mother. Little Women is the story of a loving and unconventional family welcoming life's joys and bravely facing life's sorrows. In part autobiographical, this is an important historical portrait of young women growing up in a post-war American society of strong traditions and modern freedoms.
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Drawing from her childhood in a close-knit and unique family from Concord, Massachusetts, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) created a beloved collection of works about young people coming of age in the post Civil-War era. Alcott's books for young adults, among them Little Women, Jo's Boys, Under the Lilacs, and An Old-Fashioned Girl, are noted for their wholesome themes. However, she was a multi-faceted writer who also dabbled in a more grown-up genre. Sometimes published under a pseudonym or anonymously, Alcott's alternative body of work consists of "less respectable" and torrid romances, mysteries, and thrillers such as A Long Fatal Love Chase, A Modern Mephistopheles, and Behind a Mask.Back to top
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"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured ...
Reviewed by lovesong10 on May 15, 2013
Great Classic for big and little women
I absolutely loved this book. It has great morals to touch the heart! I would recommend every young girl to read it. I am buying this book for my girls.
Reviewed by Nicolette on Aug 12, 2010
Really enjoyed this book!
I really enjoyed this book- some unexpected twist in the story.
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Aug 3, 2009
I liked the overall story and reading this book was entertaining. It was humorous and delightful. I was saddened by one of the events involving Beth in the book and wished it would not have taken place...I had an inclination to wish other events to have taken place with Laurie and Jo but I feel that situation actually ended rather well. All in all, very good book.
Reviewed by womanofsalt on Jun 10, 2009
Fantastic read aloud for children ages 8-16
Reviewed by kaeray on Sep 1, 2008
Little Women Review.
The novel Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, takes place during the Civil War. The time and era of the story is the 19th century. “Little Women” is a story about four young girls named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. They all grow to be young women during the Civil War. The novel is focuses on the girls growing up, and the death of Beth. Jo was asked to be engaged by the next door neighbor, who she turns down, then becomes Amy’s husband. The four girls struggle with having very little money, and against poverty, with their Marmee, while their Father is serving as a doctor in the war
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