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  • The Other Alcott

    I love this book! I've been a Louisa May Alcott fan for a bit over 50 years, so when I saw this title a couple of weeks ago, I had to give it a try. I am not sorry. Elise Hooper made a wonderful and engaging story.

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  • It's hard to be a sister

    Louisa had confessed to basing her main characters- the March sisters-upon her own family, but added that she ironed out some of the irregularities in their lives : Anna's gracious temperament lent itself to becoming the kind and nurturing Meg; Louisa smoothed herself into the fiesty rebel Jo; Lizzie's saintliness increased; and May turned into little precocious and selfish Amy. In her debut novel, Elise Hooper explores the tumultuous relationship between 19th century American author Louisa May Alcott and her painter sister, May. The story begins after the successful publication of Little Women. As Louisa celebrates her good fortune, May reels from the unkind reviews of her illustrations that accompany her sister's book. Was there room in the family for more than one accomplished woman? Wishing to distance herself from the shadow her sister casts, May sets out to make her mark on the world by studying art on both sides of the Atlantic. Because if there is one thing that May Alcott wishes to prove- it is that she wasn't and never will be Amy March. My thoughts: Similar to a shopper that cannot resist reading a gossipy magazine, I went into this story expecting some deep revelations. No surprise that half way through the story I grew weary of the pettiness and angry letters the sisters exchange. I am left wondering if Louisa May Alcott really was as selfish as she is portrayed here. But I appreciated the fascinating author interview, elaborate research and pictures, and May Alcott's illustrations that accompany my KOBO edition. Goodreads Review 13/04/19

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