“The Other Alcott” is a book about Louisa Alcott’s younger sister who was the inspiration for Amy in “Little Women.” In this book, May Alcott is portrayed much the same as Amy. She studied painting in Boston, London and Paris, which was quite an accomplishment for a woman of her time. The book shows the relationship between the two sisters, which has a love-hate quality to it and sibling rivalry, not at all like the loving March household in “Little Women.”
- Authors Sarah Miller, Elise Hooper, and Alexandra Silber have written books focusing on the supporting characters of some of our favorite novels.
- The books provide the opportunity for fans of the well-known novels, to explore the lives of people only glanced on in the books.
- Although the authors books would certainly be satisfying for the most avid fans of the novels, they do fall short of delivering the excitement that the novels themselves provide.
“Hooper’s novel positively trounces Louisa, ridiculing her writerly aspirations, her vanity when fame knocks and her sanitization of the Alcotts in writing the fictional March family.”