As the American Civil War rages on, and in the absence of their father, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – our little women – help their mother Marmee to keep their New England household afloat. The struggles of adolescence take their toll on each of the girls in this page-turning Bildungsroman as they are each affected, in different ways, by love, war, sickness and success.
In Little Women, a semi-autobiographical narrative, Louisa May Alcott has produced an enduring picture of youth that is both affecting and entertaining. Read it, and you will know the characters as you know your friends.
- A fresh, endearing account of everyday life in Civil War America
- Fantastic cast of well-developed characters
- An early example of the realist novel