The Other Alcott

The Other Alcott

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A People Magazine and POPSUGAR pick!

"[May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s [...] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May." --The New York Times

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."

"Elise Hooper's thoroughly modern debut gives a fresh take on one of literature's most beloved families. To read this book is to understand why the women behind Little Women continue to cast a long shadow on our imaginations and dreams. Hooper is a writer to watch!"--Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062645333
Branch Call Number: HOO
Characteristics: 408, 17 p. :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm


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May 23, 2018

Not only was this an excellent biographical novel on May Alcott but it served as a fine window on the limited opportunities of women in the 1800's and their efforts to push open doors. Anyone with half an interest in art and painting will also find this book fascinating.

JCLHeatherM May 12, 2018

May Alcott spent her life in the shadow of her more successful, more highly praised sister Louisa. Equally talented in her own right, May yearned for approval and recognition, traveling around the world to hone her craft as an artist and be recognized as more than just 'The Other Alcott'.

Hooper's piece is highly researched and an excellent tribute to the Alcott family, an excellent companion piece to the 2017 BBC miniseries 'Little Women'.

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