Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eleven books inspired by "Little Women"

A native New Englander, Elise Hooper spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before getting a MA and teaching high-school literature and history. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.

Her novel The Other Alcott is historical fiction about art, ambition, and the real women behind the March sisters in Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women.

At LitHub Hooper tagged eleven books inspired by the March family, including:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

At first glance a novel about a zealous Baptist minister taking his family to Africa on a mission could not be more different from Alcott’s milieu, but think again. During Louisa’s childhood, her father Bronson, a Transcendental philosopher, moved his family to an experimental utopian community in rural Harvard, Massachusetts on a mission of sorts. The misery of this experience never left Louisa. Both Nathan Price and Bronson Alcott represent men of uncompromising ideals who were willing to risk everything, including their family’s safety, for the sake of their beliefs, and reading Kingsolver’s 1998 novel offers echoes of how Alcott viewed male hubris and its exploitative impact on women.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Poisonwood Bible appears on a list of four books that changed Alison Lester, Lucy Inglis's top ten list of books that explore pioneer life, Allegra Frazier's top five list of books to remind you of warmer climes, Segun Afolabi's top ten list of "on the move" books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best snakes in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue