The Other Alcott

A Novel
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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've 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.

©2017 Elise Hooper (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Must read if you loved Little Women

This is a great novel relying on a lot of historical facts about the famous Alcott sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is wonderful. You learn a lot about young women artists in 19th century America who went abroad to develop their skills.

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excellent

This is one if the best historical novels that I have read in a long time. Not only is the plot compelling, but the prose is beautifully written. making me was t to read more of Hooper's works.

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Good story!

Great choice for our art museum's book club. Not only did we learn about the background of the famous author Louisa May Alcott, but we also read about the struggles of how an artist learns to develop her craft. It also examines the struggle that many artists & writers feel in choosing between painting/writing for art's/literature's sake & doing so for commercial reasons.

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a delightful listen<br />

It was interesting learning more about the youngest Alcott sister. It truly makes you appreciate the challenges faced by female artists of her day.