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The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
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Dec 06, 2008

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bookshelves: christmas, historical, literature
Read in December, 2008

Five sisters read Little Women, were inspired to start their own in-house literary paper, and wrote to LMA about it. She, in turn, wrote them a few stories to include in their paper. The stories went missing for about a century before being found and published by a Christian publishing house.

The first two stories were charming and sweet, if overly moralistic. Very reminiscent of LM Montgomery's Christmas with Anne stories, complete with orphans and poverty and shining goodness reaping rewards. Didn't like the third story at all, but then, I don't like any "animal can speak for one hour a year" stories. But even without that, I saw zero point to its existence at all. Also didn't care for the even more overtly moralistic and smug afterword. If it was just the first two stories, it'd be four stars.

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