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The Little Women Katharine Weber

The Little Women

Katharine Weber

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ISBN : 9780374189594
Hardcover
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A delightfully clever contemporary novel inspired by the Louisa May Alcott classicIn Katharine Webers third novel, The Little Women, three adolescent sisters--Meg, Jo and Amy--are shocked when they discover their mothers affair, but are trulyMoreA delightfully clever contemporary novel inspired by the Louisa May Alcott classicIn Katharine Webers third novel, The Little Women, three adolescent sisters--Meg, Jo and Amy--are shocked when they discover their mothers affair, but are truly devastated by their fathers apparently easy forgiveness of her. Shattered by their parents failure to live up to the moral standards and values of the family, the two younger sisters leave New York (and their private school) and move to Megs apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. They enroll in the local inner-city public high school, and, divorced from their parents, they try to make a life with Meg as their surrogate mother.Written in the form of an autobiographical novel by Joanna, the middle sister, the pages of The Little Women are punctuated by comments from the real Meg and Amy. Their notes and Jos replies form a second narrative, as they argue about the truth of the novel.Why do readers insist on searching for the autobiographical elements of fiction? When does a novelist go too far in mulching actual experience for a novel? What rights, if any, does a writer have to grant the people in her life and story?An ingenious combination of classic storytelling in a contemporary mode, The Little Women confirms Katharine Webers reputation as a writer who astutely explores the gap between perception and reality. (The New York Times Book Review)