by Geraldine Brooks
As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr. March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. From vibrant New England to the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimist children's novel. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction.
This book is so beautifully written and haunting. It can be a tough book to read because of the realistic depiction of the Civil War, and Brooks makes you feel like you're right in it. But the characters are captivating. It's a far cry from Little Women, but I love reading about the March that was missing from Alcott's book. I'm excited to finish and read more of Brooks's novels!
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