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The Little Women Letters
The Little Women Letters
Author: Gabrielle Donnelly
A contemporary novel about sisters who are the descendants of Little Women's Jo March. — Vibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants -- three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott’s ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781451617184
ISBN-10: 1451617186
Publication Date: 6/7/2011
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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If the "little women" were alive today, what would they be like? This story gives a glimpse into a world where Jo, Meg and Amy struggle with modern-day problems with the same pluck and verve that they faced Civil War times. Father is still a somewhat absent figure, and the only thing missing from this story is a Beth... obviously, she had no descendants, but still, as one of my idols (Helene Hanff) said, "The presence of her absence was everywhere!"
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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.