EVENT: Jeannine Atkins, Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Odyssey Bookshop
The Odyssey Bookshop is delighted to welcome acclaimed author Jeannine Atkins for her latest book, Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott
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.
Jeannine Atkins writes books about history for children and teens, including Aani and the Tree Huggers (Lee and Low) and Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters (Holt). She’s taught Verse Novels, Narrative Poetry and Writing I in the MFA program at Simmons College. She also teaches a course in Children’s Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her most recent books are Views from a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life and Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott. You can learn more on her website at www.Jeannineatkins.com.