(From the publisher):
Inspired by the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic
, this is the story of the adolescent Green sisters — Meg, Joanna, and Amy — who lead a charmed life until they discover that their apparently perfect family is far more fragile than they had thought.
The Greens have always been close-knit, and when the sisters uncover their mother's affair, they are devastated by her betrayal. But they are even more disturbed by their father's apparently easy forgiveness of her. Deceived by their parents' failure to uphold the moral standards and values of the family, Joanna and Amy leave New York (and their private school) and move to Meg's apartment in New Haven, where Meg is a junior at Yale. They enroll in the local inner-city public high school and, divorced from their parents, try to make a life with Meg as their surrogate mother. They share their apartment with the irrepressible Teddy Bell, whose devotion and friendship are key to the survival of this independent household.
Written in the form of an autobiographical novel by Joanna, the middle sister, the pages of The Little Women are punctuated by comments from the "real" Meg and Amy. Their notes and Jo's replies form a second narrative, as they argue about the "truth" of the novel and confront their novelist sister when she appropriates and reveals intimate details from their lives.
Original title: The Little Women
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