I have been meaning to reread Little Women for years because I loved it so much when I read it for the first time when I was in high school. This novel was a great look at Louisa Alcott's sister May and her life.
Despite the fact that I haven't found the time to re-read Little Women, I have done a bit of reading about Louisa May Alcott and her family - especially her father who seemed a bit eccentric to me. (Stuff I Missed in History Class has done a fantastic podcast on their father).
Hooper's interest in Alcott stems from her childhood in Concord, Massachusetts, where the Alcotts once lived. I enjoyed the personal connection Hooper felt for her subjects, and the way she chose to focus on May, a lesser known member of the family.
May illustrated Little Women, but Louisa's writing received accolades while May's artwork was panned. Hooper chose to focus on this aspect as a starting point for her novel and how that must have made May feel.
I love books that are centered around a real person that I know of and build on that knowledge. This is a book that fans of Louisa May Alcott will enjoy but it is also one that can be read and enjoyed by people who have yet to read anything by her and are just looking for a good book.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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