The Other Alcott

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’d 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.

My Review

I can't believe that this is author, Elise Hooper's debut novel. It reads like it came from a seasoned professional with many best sellers under her belt.

This book is unique and refreshing to visit the Alcott sisters. The ones who inspired the March sisters from Little Women. As the author pointed out there is not much known about who the real inspiration behind Amy is. I have to tell you that May is nothing like Amy. She is not spoiled. In fact; she is resilient, intelligent, caring, and talented. Plus, she did not go in search of love but love did find her. I enjoyed traveling all over with May from Rome, to London, to Paris.

Actually, reading this book, I did see a bit of a different side of Louisa. I was kind of surprised to found her unsupportive of May and her endeavors. Louisa kept pursuing her dreams until she became a published writer but yet when May wanted to go out and become an artist, she was not as supportive. This book made me a fan. I can't wait to read more from Elise Hooper. 


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