In March, Geraldine Brooks takes the father from Little Women and tells the story of his life and in particular his year during the Civil War as a Chaplain for the army. He is an idealist and what he sees and experiences horrifies and changes him.
Geraldine Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006 with this novel and it is greatly deserved. As always her writing is wonderful and the extent of her research is simply astonishing. As Little Women is based on Alcott's own sisters, Brooks based the character of March of Alcott's own father. It is a compelling read whether you enjoyed Little Women or not.