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As an updated retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women, Katharine Weber's novel is wonderfully playful as it centers on three sisters' discourses and arguments about the precepts of truth, autobiography, and self-serving fiction. Points of view and other narrative shifts are at once revealing and also great fun, as we're swept along into a story we can't wholeheartedly trust. Each bickering sister has her own tale to tell -- which broadens and reinforces the overall arc of the plot even as the "novel" gets rewritten and critiqued along the way.
The confessional tone is perfectly rendered, as the trio examine their family's indiscretions, secrets, and ultimate unraveling due to the indifferent relationship shared by their parents. The urban backdrop underscores the sudden change in the girls' lives and parallels their volatile personalities. Weber's ambitious postmodern experimentation offers us a delightfully shrewd novel that reworks itself into an exploration of both honesty and art. The Little Women is enterprising, poignant, and so animated you'll long remember the details of these characters' tangled lives. Tom Piccirilli