Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
The backstory never revealed in Little Women. What did Daddy do during the war? The exploits of Mr. March (loosely based on the historical figure of Bronson Alcott), father of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and husband of Marmee, as he fills in information from his past life and writes letters home from the Civil War . A radical abolitionist minister, March attempts to make sense of the relationship between his ideals and the harsh reality as well as come to grips with the strong women in his family.
Make a point of reading this authors previous gem, Year Of Wonders
— Karen Frank
Intriguing chronicle of the Civil War experiences of a little remarked upon figure in American Literature - the father of the March sisters - better known as Louissa May Alcott's "Little Women." War's profound effect on human relationships is as topical today as it was in the 1860's. — Barbara Morrow
I grew up reading "Little Women" with my mom and sisters. When I saw that this was the story from their father's perspective as a chaplain in the Civil War, I could not pass it up. Highly recommended. — Jess Elder
Intriguing chronicle of the Civil War experiences of a little remarked upon figure in American literature - the father of the March sisters - better known as Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women". War's profound effect on human relationships is as topical today as it was in the 1860s. — Alden Graves
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord.
From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd). With "pitch-perfect writing" (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. 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.
About the Author
Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.
"Brilliant...Geraldine Brooks' new novel, March, is a very great book....Brooks has magnificently wielded the novelist's license."—Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune
"A beautifully wrought story....Gripping....A taut plot, vivid characters and provocative issues."—Heller McAlpin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Honorable, elegant and true."—John Freeman, The Wall Street Journal
"Harrowing and moving...In her previous book, Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks proved herself to be a wonderful novelist. March has all the same virtues...casting a spell that lasts much longer than the reading of it."—Karen Joy Fowler, The Washington Post World
"Wholly original...deeply engaging."—Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor
"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased."—The Economist