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The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
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May 15, 10

Read in May, 2010

In summer 1855, the Alcotts are on the move again, this time to Walpole, NH, where an uncle has kindly given them use of his empty house. It's tough to separate oneself from the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy--many of the events that we have come to know from Little Women make small appearances here and there in this story. I had to remember what I was reading was "new", so to speak. I was really interested in McNees' take on Bronson Alcott, the trancendentalist. His views on life and what one truly needed for sustenance didn't always mesh with what a family with four (adult) children would need. I really enjoyed spending a summer with Anna, Louisa, Lizzie and young May. McNees has writtten a really nice piece of historical fiction.
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