Only Gossip Prospers

Only Gossip Prospers

by Lorraine Tosiello


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In late 1875 Louisa May Alcott spent a winter in New York City. Her journals give a rough sketch of the people she met, the salons she attended and a few outings that she enjoyed. She intended to stay “until I am tired of it,” but left abruptly in mid-January.

Filled with biographical references to Louisa’s family, New Yorkers of the time and Alcott’s literary works, Only Gossip Prospers intertwines the real people Louisa met, the actual events of New York City and a host of fictional characters who inhabit a world that Louisa herself would recognize. Written in a style reminiscent of Alcott’s juvenile fiction and short adventure stories, the book is part historical fiction, part love letter to the charm of 1870s New York and part biography of Louisa and her contemporaries. Only Gossip Prospers enters the debate that still hovers over Little Women as to what was “real” and what was “made up.” There are some twists and surprises, including one that will satisfy the greatest question left unanswered for fans of Little Women: what really happened between Jo and Laurie?

Only Gossip Prospers mashes together fact and fiction to draw a realistic portrait of Louisa May Alcott at the height of her fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949598117
Publisher: Pink Umbrella Books LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 141,358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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GarryGY 4 months ago
Lorraine Tosiello's new historical novel is a fascinating story of Louisa May Alcott's New York City visit in 1875. Her remarkable insights show her love of Louisa and the charged atmosphere of an independent woman. Louisa balances her interactions with the famous, her friends and family, and the lives of the less fortunate. This is beautifully written and well researched. A must read for those who appreciate Little Women.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I read this book over the holidays, and thought it was a fun read. I can't say I know much about Louisa May Alcott aside from having read 'Little Women' (and now, watched the movie!), but it was definitely a nice story. Having read some Dickens lately, I can say the style of writing is similar to that era.
Librarycataloger 5 months ago
Louisa May Alcott is the author of one of my favorite books, Little Women, and this book, Only Gossip Prospers, is a depiction of the time that Alcott spent in New York City after she had enjoyed great success with her masterpiece. Louisa is middle-aged when she decides to travel to New York City in 1875 and she encounters both the good and bad sides of this city. She is thrilled with the lights, the stores, and the plays but appalled to see orphaned children, apparently hungry and cold, thrust into the work force. It is evident that author Lorraine Tosiello has done extensive research about Louisa and this time period and she has seamlessly woven these historical facts into her fictional story. Louisa meets the famous and not-so-famous and she uses her celebrity to help those who need a helping hand. But then, after being disheartened by several experiences, Louisa realizes that " She was profoundly tired of being away from home. Everything in New York had turned out to be the opposite of what she expected." The timing for the publication of this book is perfect because of a new movie version of Little Women that is being released this holiday season and I especially enjoyed the references to Jo and Laurie sprinkled throughout the story. As a fan of Louisa May Alcott and of historical fiction, I heartily recommend Only Gossip Prospers. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher, Pink Umbrella Books. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
GreenGablesBookReviews 6 months ago
“Only Gossip Prospers (A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York)” by Lorraine Tosiello “Author Tosiello loved “Little Women” as a girl and has created a wonderful novel of Louisa May Alcott’s time in New York, as an adult and prominent author. Fans of “Little Women” will love this historical fiction novel, “Only Gossip Prospers.”- Green Gables Book Reviews Louisa May Alcott is at the peak of her career and takes a trip for healing to New York. She looks forward to the theatre and all the wonderful things that the city has to offer, but is not seeking to be known for her fame. She is even entering New York under an assumed name to maintain her privacy. Louisa befriends and becomes a caretaker to many along her journey. When her name is exposed, she fears that others may not understand her position. The book showcases New York in the 1870s and shows Louisa experiencing the wonder of the theatre and shopping, but also the despair of children earning a living without their parents. Louisa meets friends both new and old, she enjoys her time but leaves abruptly. Read the book to see her story unfold! Written from her journals during this time, with references to New York and Alcott’s literary works, “Only Gossip Prospers” is a behind the scenes historical fiction novel of Alcott’s career at its peak. Well written, very well documented historical fiction! Paperback: 321 pages Publisher: Pink Umbrella Books LLC (December 5, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 194959811X ISBN-13: 978-1949598117