Monday, June 18, 2012
Geraldine Brooks

Historical fiction based on the character of the absent father, Mr. March, in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women who went off to the Civil War as a Union Chaplain leaving his family behind in very lean times.  The story alternates between the war and his earlier life.  After he ends up in a Washington hospital gravely ill, the narration switches to his wife, Marmee, and her perspective.   The cruelty, violence  and racism of soldiers on both sides challenges March’s idealistic beliefs.  Ultimately he becomes disillusioned and his experiences change his marriage and his outlook.  Brooks used the journals and diaries of Bronson Alcott, Louisa’s father, and many other Civil War documents to give credibility and depth to this well-written piece of fiction.   Check our Catalog

Kathleen Z.


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