Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott (Paperback)
The enduring popularity of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is proof of the passion that generations of readers have for the endearing story. But in this novel, local author Atkins looks beyond Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and at the women behind them. Based on diaries and letters, Atkins imagines what it was like for Louisa’s artistic sister May to discover Louisa’s less than charitable depiction of her, in the character of Amy. The themes of artistic rivalry and sisterhood, thorns and all, combined with passionate, misunderstood Amy and her ambition, make this book compelling. Atkins, a well-seasoned nonfiction writer as well as a celebrated poet, combines meticulously accurate details and beautiful language, recreating the world of the Alcott sisters in such vivid colors that readers will fall into it and not want to leave. ~ Ann— From 2015 Fiction
May Alcott spends her days sewing blue shirts for Union soldiers, but she dreams of painting a masterpiece which many say is impossible for a woman and of finding love, too. When she reads her sister's wildly popular novel, "Little Women," she is stung by Louisa's portrayal of her as Amy, the youngest of four sisters who trades her desire to succeed as an artist for the joys of hearth and home. Determined to prove her talent, May makes plans to move far from Massachusetts and make a life for herself with room for both watercolors and a wedding dress. Can she succeed? And if she does, what price will she have to pay? Based on May Alcott's letters and diaries, as well as memoirs written by her neighbors, "Little Woman in Blue" puts May at the center of the story she might have told about sisterhood and rivalry in an extraordinary family.