Little Women

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Little Women
Author: Alcott, Louisa May
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1861-1865
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: American Civil War
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 1868

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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

Emily's Review

This has been one of my favorite books since I was about 12. I used to read it over and over, and I desperately wanted to be a part of the March family. I think I related to Laurie quite a bit in that regard. This is a story about sisters, love, devotion, grief, and what it means to be a woman. Alcott was ahead of her time in some of her ideas, so in some ways this story feels very modern, despite being set in the 1860s. It is so much more than just a domestic story about four sisters and their relationships, though it is that. As much as I want to say that I'm a Jo, really I'm more a cross between Meg and Amy.

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