The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

By Kelly O'Connor McNees
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, Hardcover, 9780399156526, 352pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Notables
“McNees deftly tells the fictional story of summer the Alcott family spent in rural New Hampshire that changed young Louisa forever. A tale of love and loss that is a 'must read' for the generations of women who cherish their dog-eared copies of Little Women.”
-- Sam Droke-Dickinson, Aaron's Books, Lititz, PA


In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott-who never had a romance-write so convincingly of love and heart-break without experiencing it herself?

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career-and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.

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