The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

By Kelly O'Connor McNees
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425240830, 384pp.)

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover

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“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


Description

A richly imagined, remarkably written story of the woman who created Little Women- and how love changed her in ways she never expected.

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is twenty-two and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire, she meets Joseph Singer, and as she opens her heart, 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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  1. Have you ever read a poem or book that profoundly challenged or changed your worldview? How might the events of the novel have differed if Walt Whitman had not published Leaves of Grass in the summer of 1855?

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