Author: Geraldine Brooks
Plot: In the novel, “Little Women,” the females are indeed the focus of the story. In “March,” Geraldine Brooks takes a look at the life of that works’ mostly absent father. Mr. March’s early life is relayed, as are his experiences serving as a chaplain during the Civil War. These stories are created based on the character briefly portrayed in “Little Women” as well as the experiences of Louisa May Alcott’s real-life father. From this foundation, Brooks allows her creativity to fill in the gaps.
Quote: “Yet I am thankful she is not here, to see what I must see, to know what I am come to know. And with this thought I exculpate my censorship: I never promised I would write the truth.”
Review: I had a very difficult time enjoying this book when I was reading it as a take-off of “Little Women”- I understand author license, but I just could not believe some of the characterization at all (and while I realize part of what the author was trying to do was make the point that those who are “sainted” do not always act saintly, I felt the March parents were just unrecognizable). However, I eventually began to read the book just as a civil war novel, forgetting my earlier associations, and I enjoyed it much more, particularly the descriptive writing style.
Currently reading: The Stolen Child
On the list: The Everything New Teacher Book; The American Home Front; Dispatches From the Edge