The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

by Gabrielle Donnelly

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ISBN-13: 9781451617207
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gabrielle Donnelly was born and raised in London where she worked as a journalist on women’s magazines before moving to Los Angeles to specialize in show business journalism. She lives in Mar Vista, California, with her husband, Owen Bjornstad. Visit GabrielleDonnellyAuthor.com.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Little Women Letters includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Gabrielle Donnelly. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


INTRODUCTION

Emma, Lulu, and Sophie Atwater are sisters who couldn’t be more different. They adore one another and drive each other crazy in equal measure. Middle sister Lulu feels like the black sheep of the family—at twenty-four, she still doesn’t know what she wants out of life. One day in her parent’s attic, she finds a collection of letters from her great-great-grandmother Jo March. Finally someone seems to understand Lulu. Jo didn’t always get along with her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy, and she, like Lulu, assumed that she was too quirky and opinionated ever to find love.

As the family gets ready for Emma’s wedding, Lulu realizes that she can’t keep the letters to herself—Grandma Jo belongs to all the Atwater women.

QUESTIONS & TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

1. Jo March writes in a letter from 1888, “times are changing for girls, blessedly” (page 2). What new liberties does Jo enjoy during her lifetime, according to her letters? How does Fee Atwater continue her great-grandmother’s passion for women’s rights?

2. Emma, Lulu, and Sophie have different reputations in the Atwater family: Emma is responsible, Lulu is challenging, and Sophie is dramatic. When does each sister act out of character and defy her family’s expectations? What are the results?

3. When Lulu begins reading Grandma Jo’s letters, she decides, “at the moment she felt she rather needed something that was only hers” (page 126). Why does Lulu choose to keep Jo’s letters to herself? How does Lulu decide when it’s time to share Jo’s legacy?

4. Lulu struggles to find direction in her career and romance. What wrong turns does she take along the way? How does she know when she has found a career and a boyfriend? Were you surprised that Lulu’s future doesn’t involve Tom or working with animals? Why or why not?

5. As Lulu traces the March family history to the present, she picks up on some hereditary traits: “They had shared long faces—which Fee and Sophie had inherited, but not Emma or Lulu—political awareness, and an interest in the arts” (page 127). What else has the Atwater family inherited from the March family? Which of the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, or Amy—does each Atwater sister resemble most? Which sister are you most like?

6 When Lulu begins reading Jo’s letters written in New York, she believes, “The past was safe and held no surprises; the past, she knew, had a happy ending” (page 189). What surprises does Jo’s past hold after all? How does Lulu react when Jo’s New York adventures end unexpectedly? What does Lulu learn about relationships and love from Jo’s letters?

7. Both Emma and Lulu try on new looks: Emma buys an expensive pair of shoes that make her feel like a “Josephine,” and Lulu cuts her hair into “a close-cut curly crop” during Emma’s spa weekend (page 308). What inspires each sister to change her look, and what are the results?

8. What is Charlie’s role in the Atwater family? Why is she so generous to Lulu and her sisters? How does Liam, Charlie’s brother, bring out a new side to her character?

9. Discuss how Jo mourns Beth in her letters. Why does Jo write to her sister after her death? After Fritz’s proposal, Jo writes, “I think I shan’t write to you again, Bethie” (page 326). Why is it time for Jo to stop writing to Beth?

10. While Lulu learns lessons from Grandma Jo’s letters, Sophie meets two older women who influence her life: her downstairs neighbor Mrs. Scott-Ramsay and Aunt Amy. What does each of these women teach Sophie?

11. Consider the novel’s London setting. How does London look, sound, and feel in the novel? What do the sisters love about living in London? How does Emma feel about moving away from the city?

12. Discuss the ending of The Little Women Letters. What advice does Jo March give her future great-great-granddaughter in her final letter? What is the effect of having Jo conclude the novel?

ENHANCE YOUR BOOK CLUB

1. Get inspired by Grandma Jo’s correspondence and draft a letter to your own great-great-granddaughter. What would you want to tell her? What advice would you give her?


2. Whether or not you have read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, select this classic for your next book club discussion. How does the Jo March in The Little Women Letters compare to the Jo March in Little Women? What are the similarities and differences between the March and the Atwater families? To finish off your discussion, watch Little Women with your book group—pick from the 1994, 1949, or 1933 versions.

3. In the novel, Emma wonders what her life would be like if she called herself “Josephine.” What does your name mean? Look up the origin and popularity of your name and the names of other characters in The Little Women Letters: http://www.thinkbabynames.com/.


A CONVERSATION WITH GABRIELLE DONNELLY

Tell us about the first time you read Little Women. How has Louisa May Alcott’s novel changed for you as you’ve reread it over the years?

I can’t even remember the first time I read it, because when I was a child it was not so much a book for me as an integral, and most precious, part of my life. I had a quite lonely childhood in many ways. I was the only girl among four brothers and fate had played something of a sadistic trick in that I was the second eldest, so that I spent the first four years of my life as part of a normally gender-balanced household and over the course of the next five, I watched myself being slowly overtaken by a sea of testosterone until by the time I was ten I was living in a not-so-very-glorified male locker room. I was probably about nine when I discovered the March sisters—I know that twelve-year-old Amy seemed quite grown-up to me, while Meg was unthinkably sophisticated—and the idea of a world where siblings sat by the fire and had conversations instead of throwing footballs at each other was pure paradise. The Marches immediately became the family I didn’t have and remained so throughout my teens. I still turn to Little Women for comfort reading, and one of the many wonderful things about it is that it doesn’t change. I don’t agree with all of its messages—I wish, for instance, that Meg were allowed to admire pretty things a little less guiltily, and I think that Jo had every justification for being furious when Amy burned her book—but I’ve always thought that. The Marches aren’t perfect and Louisa May Alcott isn’t one size fits all. That’s why I love them.

What were your other favorite books when you were growing up?

I was a very dreamy child and do seem to have had an attraction to the past. There was another series of books set in nineteenth-century America called What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge about a girl called Katy Carr and her siblings—for some reason they seem to have been more popular in Britain than in America, and I loved them. There was also an Edwardian English author called E. Nesbit who wrote books about nice middle-class children who would go off on amazing magical adventures during the day and then come home in the evening to boiled mutton and treacle pudding and Father reading the paper in his study. When I was in my teens I discovered historical fiction—an author called D. K. Broster wrote mostly about the eighteenth century and created the most gloriously romantic young heroes who quipped and swashbuckled their way through various adventures and I fell in love with every single one of them. My favorite D. K. Broster book was The Flight of the Heron, about a young Scottish chieftain called Ewen Cameron of Ardroy (oh, be still my heart) who went to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. I fell head over heels in love, not only with him but with Bonnie Prince Charlie too, and remained so for an embarrassing number of years.

You won the book contract for a Little Women sequel. How did you land this dream job?

Yes, it was a pretty nice gig, wasn’t it? An extraordinarily imaginative and talented editor called Lydia Newhouse, who at the time was working for Michael Joseph in London, had the original idea of interweaving the lives of Jo March’s great-great granddaughters with some lost letters of Jo’s—she asked a few writers to come up with a sample first chapter and was kind enough to choose mine. I decided to set the story in London because I grew up there, so I know the city very well, and it seemed a more appropriate setting for this sort of tale than sunny, modern Los Angeles where I live now. Three of the March sisters adapted themselves very nicely, I think, to modern living—shy little Beth didn’t want to leave the nineteenth century so I left her in peace there! A bridge between the past and the present is the underlying theme of women’s rights. Jo March has been a role model for more or less every feminist who has come after her, and I wanted that independent spirit to be carried down through her line of female descendants, ending with the modern girls’ mother, Fee, whom I send up slightly as one of the placard-wielding seventies feminists. But that generation—of which I am most proud to be a member—did finish the job at hand, because the modern Atwater sisters are the first young women in the family to have the luxury of not needing to think about feminism. They can simply assume that they are equal to men—which is as it should be, of course, but nevertheless is a very new state of affairs. I think Jo would be delighted with them.

Tell us about the research you did while writing this novel. Did your background as a journalist come in handy?

There were two very different sorts of research involved. One was finding out how people lived in nineteenth-century Massachusetts; the other was finding out how people live today, which for this troglodyte author was every bit as much of a challenge as the first. The historical research was relatively simple. I just read and re-re-reread all of Louisa May Alcott’s works, not especially following the stories but looking for clues to how people lived then, what they wore, what they ate, how they furnished their houses. If you read a book with that particular focus, it’s surprising how much you can pick up, and with that as a background—augmented by the occasional Internet check for more specific details—I was able to let my imagination run free. For the lives of the modern characters I was required to be more of a journalist and interview other people about their daily lives—I spend most of my own working life sitting beside a word processor and really don’t know how other people go about their days! But I do know people who are actors or doctors or family therapists, and they were all extremely generous with their time in giving me the background for those characters. I never started writing a character or an incident until the background was fully in place, because if you’re creating a character, you really do have to know much more about them than you tell the reader. For instance, for Fee’s therapy practice I was going to have her patients walk up and down the family staircase to their appointments until the real-life therapist I spoke to told me that that wouldn’t happen, the family would have had to build on a separate staircase for patient privacy. Which I have never once referred to in the book, but I know it’s there.

As a Londoner currently based in California, what do you miss most about London? What details of contemporary London life did you try to capture in this novel?

I’m lucky enough to be able to visit London at least once a year and to have very good friends I stay with in a warm and welcoming house in Islington which might just seem a little oddly familiar if any readers of the book were to visit it! I like to visit but I find I’m happier living in Los Angeles. My family is Irish, not English, and I never really fit into mild-mannered Anglo-Saxon society; I also suffer quite badly from seasonal affective disorder and get horribly depressed during the dark English winters. But it was very nice indeed to spend a virtual year there while I was writing the book—I enjoyed all the best bits and was able to come back to the real world of California when the cold started to get to me. For the details of London life, I put my journalist’s hat back on again and mercilessly grilled a group of Londoners I know about every hour of their every day, about which they were all most patient and informative and which I, if not they, found most interesting. As in Little Women, I tried to give a sense of the passing of the seasons. I’ve mentioned the clothes people would be wearing through the year, and most chapters contain at least one reference to a food or flower that would be in season then—I hope they’re accurate, although I did slip up on at least one occasion and very nearly had jasmine blooming in the spring, as it does in LA, instead of in the summer. I caught it at proof stage and changed it to freesia, which has the same number of letters!

The sisters in this novel have such rich, complex relationships. Did you draw upon your own family to inspire the bonds among Emma, Lulu, and Sophie?

I can’t think my brothers would be pleased to be compared to a bunch of sissy girls! But in a way I did draw on them. I didn’t have sisters but I did have siblings, so am very familiar with that environment—the casual closeness, the bickering, the in-jokes. Particularly important is the pecking order, which is something I’ve always been interested in and which I’ve been able to experience from both sides lately, as I am most firmly one of the eldest in my own family, and had always bemoaned that my younger brothers seemed to have had life easier; however, my husband is the youngest of four and—much as his siblings love him—I am sometimes shocked at the lack of family clout he wields! Emma has a line at one point where she says to Sophie, “Do you really think I’d make something up just to impress you?” Which came from seeing family life through my husband’s perspective. It’s taken for granted that the younger siblings want to impress the older, but nobody bothers to want to impress the poor youngest.

The Little Women Letters balances voices from two time periods: the nineteenth century of Jo’s letters and the present day of twentysomething Londoners. How did you get these voices just right?

Well, I hope I got Jo’s voice right, but I’m sure that a few modernisms will have slipped in along the way! The voice of the modern Londoners was an interesting challenge. I left London thirty years ago and language has changed considerably since then. When I left, “brilliant” still meant “very clever!” I wanted at all costs to avoid the trap that some authors fall into as they get older, which is to have their younger characters speak as the author would have when she was that age. “I say, Sophie, old thing, that’s perfectly spiffing of you,” was not what we wanted! So I flung myself on the mercy of my young Londoner friend Harriet Barber and sent her the book chapter by chapter to approve the dialogue—which she very kindly and meticulously did. It was a fascinating process for me. I learned, for instance, that the word “rather,” as in “rather good,” was of my generation, not Harriet’s, which hadn’t occurred to me. I also learned that a modern young woman wouldn’t describe two similar people as “birds of a feather,” but would describe them as “like as two peas in a pod,” which surprised me because I would have thought that was a somewhat old-fashioned image, but it is a very pretty one, and I was pleased to know that it is still in use. Towards the end of the book, Harriet surprised and amused both of us by following Lulu’s footsteps and moving into a flat in Belsize Park with a former college roommate. In view of which, I was tempted to write an extra chapter in which Lulu’s older friend, a writer living in Los Angeles, won the lottery and became exceedingly rich. . . .

How did you choose cooking as the profession that Lulu has been searching for? Are you the chef of your own family?

This was inspired by a young American friend of my husband’s and mine called Elizabeth Montez, a most bright and capable young woman, who graduated college with an excellent degree but who couldn’t decide for many years afterwards what she wanted to do until she suddenly decided to go to chef school and it all fell into place. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, so I felt very comfortable about describing someone who was a foodie. And I’ve known a few chefs, so I know how forensic they can get about their food. Last summer, to celebrate finishing the book, we went to visit Elizabeth, who was interning at a resort on completely magical Orcas Island just off the coast of Washington. The food there is delicious—everything is local, organic, and exquisitely prepared—and I was amused to notice that, while my husband and I were just vacuuming it up and enjoying, Elizabeth was saying things like, “Well, I like the back taste of marjoram, but I’m disappointed they used honey from acacia instead of orange blossom. . . .” She didn’t even know who Lulu was, but she’d turned into her!


The Atwater sisters have several brushes with fame in the novel: Emma befriends a shoe designer and a famous actress, and Sophie works with a TV star and a renowned theater director. Who inspired these fabulous characters? Did you have particular celebrities in mind?

It’s hard to live in Los Angeles and not know at least a few actors! It hadn’t occurred to me that so many of these minor characters seem to be larger than life. I do know a lot of fairly noisy people—I’m noisy myself, so is my husband, and so are both our families, so I’m quite comfortable creating people who are strong tastes. I can’t say that any of the famous characters in the book are meant to be anyone you’d recognize—they are just very much types whom you will meet if you hang around in theatrical circles in London, Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the world. The only one who was suggested by anyone in particular is, oddly enough, the quiet one, Colin Hobbes. He was very—very—loosely inspired by a Greek-American actor friend who is very dark and dramatic looking and always plays fiercely intense roles on the screen, but off it is the sweetest, most low-key person you could hope to meet. And I suppose there’s just the mildest hint of George Clooney too. Colin is a big-shot actor playing a doctor on TV who is very kind to the less powerful actors on his show. I’ve known various people who worked with George when he was on ER, and they’ve all said the same about him.


Besides the three sisters, The Little Women Letters sparkles with lively secondary characters. Who is your personal favorite among the sisters’ relatives, friends, and love interests?

I have a huge soft spot for Nigel-Manolete, who was one of those characters who strolled onto the stage from nowhere and somewhat took it over. Originally I just wanted someone to draw Emma’s attention to the shoes in the shop window, but Nigel-Manolete made it plain from the beginning that he had bigger plans! I like Nigel because he knows who he is and can’t be bothered with pretense or affectation—and that includes not toning down his eccentricities in order to comply with conventional expectations. He also sees a side of Emma her family doesn’t see and that allows her to be a little younger and more frivolous with him than there is room for in the family structure. He gives her some playtime and high time too! I’m also particularly fond of Liam, whom I see as a sort of alternate ending for those many of us who were so disappointed that Jo chose to marry a middle-aged professor instead of handsome, romantic Laurie. I started to think about Liam a long time before he actually arrived on the scene. I quite quickly realized that he wouldn’t call his sister Charlie because, obviously, Fitzcharles would be his surname too. And immediately his voice was in my head saying to Lulu, “Well, ‘Charlie’ wouldn’t narrow the field much where I come from . . .” and from then on I felt I knew him very well. I was very much indeed looking forward to his arrival because poor old Lulu had such a miserable year—at the time when I was writing the parts about her working in the pub and being so unhappy, I actually gave myself permission to skip forward to write the scene where they meet, just to cheer myself up!


Louisa May Alcott wrote two sequels to Little Women. Can you imagine sequels to The Little Women Letters? What adventures might the sisters face next?

I’d love to write a sequel because I think all three sisters are heading in very different directions and I want to see how they get on with them. Emma is going to have to do some major readjustment of her life in North Dakota—she’s going to have to throw her city girl assumptions out of the window and learn to live in a small town. She’s also going to have to start asking people for help, which is difficult for her right now but might well be a useful lesson. Lulu’s adventure will be very different. She’s found her soul mate, and she’s found her vocation in life, and now she has to learn to live with them both and to get used to being happy and fulfilled. She’s also going to get to know Liam more fully—they both know they belong together but they hardly know each other yet, and that’s always a journey. Sophie still has some growing up to do. She’s on the verge of a theatrical career, but she’s still an innocent in many ways and is going to have to learn how to negotiate some backstage politics. And we don’t quite know yet where she is with Jamie. They’ll always be in each other’s lives, but they’re both a little young for happily ever after—and I’d like to see her have a romance that didn’t come quite so easily. . . . Meanwhile, there are some other women we could be looking at—the women who came between Jo March and the Atwater sisters. Who was Grandma Cissie? Who was Grandma Jojo? And what was Fee like when she was young . . . ?

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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
The Little Women Letters begins with one of the descendants of Jo March finding a bunch of Grandma Jo's letters in her mother's attic. Lulu is struggling with some career decisions and its harder that her two sisters seem to have it all figured out. A bit of an odd duck with her bushy hair and prickly personality, Lulu finds exactly the advice and encouragement she needs in the letters. The story centers on Lulu, but also involves a whole host of the women surrounding her including an extravagant actress sister Sophie, Emma the sensible sister blissfully planning her wedding, their feminist mother Fee who learns after all these years that her marriage may not be what she thought, severe and scary Great Aunt Amy, and Charlie the quiet and sophisticated young lady who becomes one of the family. The Women Letters is the modern day version of the much beloved classic and Gabrielle Donnelly does a splendid job of updating the story, making it modern, but retaining the feel of a family of girls and women loving and fighting, supporting each other and jockeying for position in the family. The characters are so realistic, flawed but so well meaning and kind that you forgive them their foibles. The story is a little sentimental and you know from the beginning that everyone will magically live happily ever after, but nothing else would be right for the descendants of the March women, would it? If you let it the gentle wisdom of Little Women it will just float from the pages reminding you to forgive grudges, be loyal to your friends, and support your sisters. I'll be giving this book to my mother and my sister-in-law, the highest praise I can give it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the original "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, and fell in love with it. When I saw this book I freaked out. I had really high expectations after reading "Little Women". When starting the book I liked it a lot. BUT, there was a lot of language, and me being a teenage girl, didn't like that at all. Louisa May Alcott would not be pleased at all if she read this. My high expectations weren't met.
LovesToReadBW More than 1 year ago
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite classics. So I was excited to receive The Little Women Letters ARC. Although I was wondering how the two completely different generations would be brought together by the letters. I enjoyed the book, not a classic like Little Women but I would definitely recommend it. The book goes through the dramas of Emma planning her wedding, Sophie launching her career and Lulu trying to find a career that suits her. Wrapped around everyone always talking about Great great Grandma Jo. It has all the drama and love and craziness of Little Women just in a modern version.
4daisies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle Donnelly has written a superbly imagined family future for the descendents of the March sisters. No matter how much things change - they stay the same. It was creative and entertaining how the lives of the modern day sisters (great-great granddaughters of Jo March) mirrored the lives and experiences of the original Little Women. When Lulu Atwater is sent up to the attic to find some old family recipes, she instead finds a treasure of long forgotten letters written by Great-great grandmother Jo. Lulu decides to keep the unexpected find to herself for just awhile as she takes the time to steal away to the attic many more times over the somewhat eventful and stressful year to read the letters and get to know her legendary grandmother while learning a few life lessons as well. A truly heartwarming read. Now I want to go revisit the original Little Women armed with the secret knowledge of what the future holds for the March decendents. flag
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle Donnelly does a wonderful job of tying a modern-day story of sisters, to an American classic. Each of the Atwater sisters reminded me of one of the March sisters: Emma is much like Meg, Sophie like Amy and Lulu is very similar to Jo. I read Little Women as a child and again in college, and am very familiar with that story, and I think that is why this book appealed to me. I doubt anyone who¿s never read the classic would get much from this story. It really helps to know the March sisters before diving in to this one. I did feel the book moved a bit slow, but it kept me engaged. I would recommend this book to any fan of Louisa May Alcott¿s classic. It would also be a great pick for a book club.(ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster)
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Little Women Letters begins with one of the descendants of Jo March finding a bunch of Grandma Jo's letters in her mother's attic. Lulu is struggling with some career decisions and its harder that her two sisters seem to have it all figured out. A bit of an odd duck with her bushy hair and prickly personality, Lulu finds exactly the advice and encouragement she needs in the letters. The story centers on Lulu, but also involves a whole host of the women surrounding her including an extravagant actress sister Sophie, Emma the sensible sister blissfully planning her wedding, their feminist mother Fee who learns after all these years that her marriage may not be what she thought, severe and scary Great Aunt Amy, and Charlie the quiet and sophisticated young lady who becomes one of the family.The Women Letters is the modern day version of the much beloved classic and Gabrielle Donnelly does a splendid job of updating the story, making it modern, but retaining the feel of a family of girls and women loving and fighting, supporting each other and jockeying for position in the family. The characters are so realistic, flawed but so well meaning and kind that you forgive them their foibles. The story is a little sentimental and you know from the beginning that everyone will magically live happily ever after, but nothing else would be right for the descendants of the March women, would it? If you let it the gentle wisdom of Little Women it will just float from the pages reminding you to forgive grudges, be loyal to your friends, and support your sisters. I'll be giving this book to my mother and my sister-in-law, the highest praise I can give it!
Enamoredsoul on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely FANTASTIC! There was not a single passage, not a single page that wasn't relevant in building up the characters, or moving the story along. The writing is fluid, beautiful narration, wonderful characterization. The dialect used by the author, the way the dialogues are written, truly makes you feel like you're in North London. I found myself speaking in a British accent (or what I perceived to be a North London accent) for the entirety of my reading the novel. Even when I thought of them in my mind, I was thinking in that accent! I absolutely loved the connection made between the March Sisters and the Atwater Sisters over such a long period of time - that the letters, stories and influences of the former served shape the lives of the latter. And the ending was so absolutely heart-warming, and beautiful that I literally had tears in my eyes. I actually cried because I did not want it to be over. I recommend it to EVERYONE! THANK YOU Gabrielle Donnelly for writing this immensely touching and enjoyable novel. :)
njmom3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. I love the original Little Women and have read almost all the books written by Louisa May Alcott. So, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I may have enjoyed this book more without that tie in.The first half of the book was situations lifted from the original and dropped into a modern day concept. I was left wondering if the story was going to build or just be a modern day retelling.The second half of the book became its own story. A simple easy beach read type family story. It would have been complete without the Little Women tie in. It tried a little bit too hard to tie it back to the original story.Unfortunately, I also did not care for the main character Lulu. The parallel was drawn to Jo March, but I found Lulu to be self indulgent and suffering from the "poor little me" syndrome.
mnleona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle Donnelly has brought the Little Women of the late 1880s into contemporary times with letters from the past. This is a book about the Atwater family and the ancestors of Fee and her daughters. The daughters, Emma, Lulu and Sophie are all different as were the March girls. The March family lived in Boston and the Atwater family live in London. Lulu has gone into the attic to find family recipes for Great Aunt Amy who lives in Boston. As she goes through old papers, she finds letters written by Jo. I will say the letters are so real, there is a lot of emotions while reading them. For those who have read the books and watched the movies on the Little Women, the reader will go back into time. The Letters make the book. The book is based around the family and even though the girls, all women, have sarcastic remarks to each other at times, I personally see a great family closeness.The parents of Emma, Lulu and Sophie were at one time hippies. David is a publisher and travels a lot; Fee is interested in her garden. Emma is planning her wedding, Sophie is a upcoming actress and Lulu is still looking for her place in life. Charlie is a close friend that is like a member of the family and Matthew is the boyfriend of Sophie. There are other characters in the book and the author fits everyone into place.The book goes back and forth from letters that Lulu reads in secret while in the attic to the modern lives of the characters in the book. The "crisis" might be shoes, food or where to live. I have been to London and so liked the references to the different areas. This is an easy read and also a fun read. Very entertaining.I liked The Little Women Letters and find it is a re-read for me. I will give it four star. I wish to thank Gabrielle Donnelly for the complimentary copy of The Little Women Letters.
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Schoolgirlish--that's the best I can say.
betfarm More than 1 year ago
this is a fun story with the family of Jo March. The mother is actually the great great granddaughter. One of her daughters searching for something in the attic finds a trunk of letters from Grandma Jo to her sisters. The story goes back and forth between modern day London, and 1800's America. It is cleverly written. I would have liked a little more of the family's reaction at the end, but was generally satisfied.
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not what I expected
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