Morrow. Oct. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780063041875. $27.99. F
Miller (Caroline: Little House, Revisited) returns with another successful retelling of a beloved American classic. Her novel tells the story of Margaret “Marmee” March (the mother of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) as she navigates life and motherhood in the wake of the American Civil War. The novel is written in diary form, which allows for a more intimate look into the mind of this charitable family matriarch who turns out to be more than meets the eye. Miller’s timeline and plot stay faithful to Alcott’s original, and readers can expect many of the same characters. Where this adaptation shines is in its consideration of historical context and the political climate of the late 19th century. Miller’s thorough research and attention to detail create a setting that is both immersive and enlightening. The end result has a level of realism and honesty worthy of an Alcott retelling.
VERDICT Miller’s adaptation is as gut-wrenching and heart-warming as its inspiration. It’s sure to please readers who grew up on Little Women and are now parents themselves.
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