The Other Alcott

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Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.

We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister. Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the real “Amy”, Louisa’s sister, May.

Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man’s profession.

Life for the Alcott family has never been easy, so when Louisa’s Little Women is published, its success eases the financial burdens they’d faced for so many years. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her?

So May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman. From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges an amazing life of her own, making her so much more than merely The Other Alcott.

Book Info

  • Original Title:The Other Alcott
  • Author:
  • Rating:7.44 / 10
  • Genre:Romance
  • Language:English
  • ISBN:9780062645340
  • ASIN:-
  • Publisher:Published September 5th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks


Chapter 1

May spent the morning in high feather preparing for the party, dusting and scrubbing the parlor as though elbow grease alone could solve everything. The persistent ticking of the small clock on the china shelf reminded her there was no time for dawdling, so she darted to the kitchen to start a batch of molasses candy and stood over the black cast-iron stove, stirring the boiling syrup around and around in foamy circles. Lost in the luxurious smell of melted butter, she was startled when Louisa burst into the kitchen, slamming the door open into the already-crumbling plaster wall.

“They’re here. The reviews are here.” Her older sister clutched a thin, brown-papered package out in front of her. Mother, their sister Anna, and Anna’s two young sons trailed behind Louisa like the tail on a kite.

May’s heart quickened, and she clapped her hands in anticipation. “Let’s all move into the parlor ...

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