While their father is away at war, the four March sisters try their best to maintain life in their New England home. Fifteen-year-old Jo, modeled after author Louisa May Alcott, is a bit of a tomboy, tends to get in trouble, and loves writing. The oldest, Meg, works as a governess and puts herself in charge in the absence of their parents. The kind and charitable Beth loves music and being a caretaker. The youngest, Amy, is slightly spoiled and frustrated by being treated as the youngest.
Alcott gives us a realistic account of the girl’s lives – the ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs, successes and failures. It’s long remained one of the most relatable and appealing works of American literature.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the moment it first appeared in 1868, Little Women was a classic. Decades of young readers have recognized themselves in dependable Meg, headstrong Jo, delicate Beth, and artistic Amy—and yearned for a Marmee of their very own. Rereading Louisa May Alcott’s novel as an adult is also rewarding: its depiction of teen drama feels affectionate and emotionally honest. Over 150 years later, it’s fascinating how Alcott’s characters’ lives illuminate the limitations and available paths for women of an earlier era, and how much (and little) has changed.