The Other Alcott: A Novel by Elise HooperThe Other Alcott: A Novel by Elise Hooper

The Other Alcott: A Novel

byElise Hooper

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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“[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

 

Although a New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise Hooper lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature.
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Title:The Other Alcott: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062645331

ISBN - 13:9780062645333

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected A fictionalized account of the Alcott family from the perspective of the youngest, May. It was cute, quick paced without being choppy, and well-researched.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Perspective If you think you know about Louisa May Alcott, or Little Women, this book will definitely give you something new to think about. Following the life of May Alcott, the book explores what it means to be a woman in the nineteenth century.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD HISTORICAL FICTION A GREAT BOOK FOR LOVERS OF BOTH HISTORICAL FICTION AND BIOGRAPHY. THE AUTHOR BLENDS BOTH FICTION AND FACT TOGETHER BEAUTIFULLY TO TELL THE STORY OF THE RIVALRY BETWEEN THE TWO SISTERS.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must-read for lovers of historical fiction! A charming debut about May Alcott, sister to author Louise Alcott, whose greatest desire was to become a painter (and exit her sister's shadow), THE OTHER ALCOTT whisked me away to the late 1800s within the first few pages. The competitive nature between May and Louise teetered on the edge of something fiercer than sibling rivalry, which made complete sense to me, and at times, it added a stroke of simmering tension. Hooper did a marvellous job of highlighting May's creative journey and I really enjoyed the vivid details of various European cities. The Afterword served as a delightful bonus, because it merged historical fact with fiction and I was able to come away with a small bit of knowledge regarding the history of female artists. THE OTHER ALCOTT is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction, especially if you're an art lover as well.
Date published: 2017-09-05

Editorial Reviews

“The Other Alcott will also appeal to readers who have never read “Little Women” but have an interest in the role of women in history.”