The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

Book - 2011
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Vibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March's descendants--three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly's novel will speak to anyone who's ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.

With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can't help but feel like the failure of the Atwater family. Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight. When her mother asks her to find a cache of old family recipes in the attic of her childhood home, Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-great-grandmother Josephine March. In her letters, Jo writes in detail about every aspect of her life: her older sister, Meg's, new home and family; her younger sister Amy's many admirers; Beth's illness and the family's shared grief over losing her too soon; and the butterflies she feels when she meets a handsome young German. As Lulu delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great-great-grandmother help Lulu find a place for herself in a world so different from the one Jo knew?

Some things, of course, remain unchanged: the stories and jokes that form a family's history, the laughter over tea in the afternoon, the desire to do the right thing in spite of obstacles. And above all, of course, the fierce, undying, and often infuriating bond of sisterhood that links the Atwater women every bit as firmly as it did the March sisters all those years ago. Both a loving tribute to Little Women and a wonderful contemporary family story, The Little Women Letters is a heartwarming, funny, and wise novel for today.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451617184
1451617186
1451617194
9781451617191
Branch Call Number: FIC/DONNELLY
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm.

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belle489
Dec 11, 2015

This book took me a while to get into. I didn't understand the letters or the purpose until a bit later. I found the chapters too long and because of this it was hard to stay focused. It took me 2 months to get through this book when I can get through a book in 1-2 weeks. I did enjoy this read and I'm glad I finally finished it. I don't think I'd read the series though.

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hepfette
Aug 31, 2014

I could not get into this book.

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MaisieMilo
Jul 02, 2012

If you loved *Little Women,* especially if you were Jo's "kindred spirit" (to quote from *Anne of Green Gables*), you'll probably enjoy this. The premise is that the three sisters descend from Jo; Lulu, the main character, is a quirky Londoner who discovers great-great-grandmother Jo's letters in her parents' attic. A great summer, chick-lit read--assuming you love the Marches and their descendants.

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