The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Audiobook CD - 2010
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In the summer of 1855 and the notion of making a living as a writer is still a far-off dream for Louisa. The Alcott family, destitute as usual, moves to a generous uncle's empty house in Walpole, New Hampshire, for the summer. Here, a striking but pensive Louisa meets Joseph Singer. But just as she begins to open her heart, she discovers that Joseph may not be free to give his away. Their newfound love carries a steep price, and Louisa fears she may pay with the independence she has fought so hard to protect.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2010.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780307737212
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/MCNEES
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hrs., 50 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Card, Emily Janice


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Apr 09, 2014

A little slow at the start, but an enjoyable audiobook. I loved the details about LMA's family life. I am not typically a fan of romance, but this one was interspersed with so many of LMA's thoughts on gender roles, marriage, love, and freedom that I didn't think of it just as a romance. A very thoughtful and interesting book that made me look forward to my time in the car.

Jul 13, 2011

I listened this novel as a MP3. I was doing household chores while listening for most of the story. I really liked it. I grew up reading many Louisa May Alcott books as a young girl. To read a story about the author (even an invented story) was engaging. I can't say much about the details of Miss Alcott's life as I've never read her biography but I do feel the tone of the writing captures her style. I even sensed a difference in the writing from her “young self in the novel and her “mature self”.

Mar 28, 2011

It's probably not a good sign when one finds oneself making up rules for a drinking game during the course of a book. Particularly when one is not much of a drinker. However, inappropriateness has never been an obstacle for me, so I present "The Louisa May Alcott Drinking Game". And yes, I know she wasn't a drinker either:

1. Take a sip of homemade wine (purely for medicinal purposes) every time someone's chest tightens.
2. Take half a shot every time someone's lips are pursed "in a line".
3. Take the whole shot every time someone rolls their eyes.

While I realize that most drinking games are designed for watching films while getting drunk quite quickly, I guarantee if you follow these directions while reading this book, you'll get tiddly in quite short order.

To make a long story short (and this story is way too long), this is apparently Ms McNees' first novel and it shows. As a birthright Unitarian, I appreciate the research that has gone into this and the inclusion of many noteworthy Unitarians such as Fanny Kemble, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. This is very much a work of historical romantic fiction, though, and will only appeal to romance fans.


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