So many beginnings : a Little women remix

by Morrow, Bethany C.,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in So Many Beginnings, a warm and powerful YA remix of the classic novel Little Women , by national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow.

North Carolina, 1863 . As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedpeople's Colony of Roanoke Island is blossoming, a haven for the recently emancipated. Black people have begun building a community of their own, a refuge from the shadow of the "old life." It is where the March family has finally been able to safely put down roots with four young daughters:

Meg, a teacher who longs to find love and start a family of her own.

Jo, a writer whose words are too powerful to be contained.

Beth, a talented seamstress searching for a higher purpose.

Amy, a dancer eager to explore life outside her family's home.

As the four March sisters come into their own as independent young women, they will face first love, health struggles, heartbreak, and new horizons. But they will face it all together.

Praise for So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

"Morrow's ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless . That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation's story ." -- Booklist , starred review

" Bethany C. Morrow's prose is a sharpened blade in a practiced hand, cutting to the core of our nation's history. ... A devastatingly precise reimagining and a joyful celebration of sisterhood. A narrative about four young women who unreservedly deserve the world, and a balm for wounds to Black lives and liberty ." --Tracy Deonn, New York Times- bestselling author of Legendborn

"A tender and beautiful retelling that will make you fall in love with the foursome all over again ." --Tiffany D. Jackson, New York Times -bestselling author of White Smoke and Grown

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's 1863, and though the war between the Union and the Confederacy rages on, there is a distinct peace the March sisters hold in the knowledge that they are on the other side of the old life, of slavery. In this reimagining of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Morrow invites readers into the lives of four emancipated sisters living in the freedpeoples' colony of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Meg's ultimate desire is a family of her own; Jo gives voice to the newly emancipated through her powerful, opinionated writing; Beth uses her extraordinary seamstress skills to make beauty from painful relics of the past; and Amy masters dance styles once considered off-limits to Black people. Together, they wonder, is freedom something to be simply declared? Or is it a mindset to be learned and practiced? While readers will recognize shades of the original text, Morrow's exploration of notions of freedom, voice, and worthiness becomes far more powerful when enmeshed with the experiences of being Black, a woman, and formerly enslaved. The lyrical air of joy in the sisters' relationships is also heightened by the uniqueness of their journeys and the support they give one another along the way. Morrow's ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless. That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation's story."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this reinvention of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 classic, Morrow highlights with impressive acuity the four March sisters, Black young women who come of age in the shadow of the American Civil War. After being emancipated by President Lincoln's Proclamation in 1863, the Marches build a home on Roanoke Island, a budding Freedpeople Colony. Irrepressible adoptive daughter Amethyst, 14, longs to be the center of attention; levelheaded seamstress Bethlehem, 16, battles an unknown illness; tempestuous builder Joanna, 17, pursues writing; and Meg the teacher, 19, longs to marry. The family's passionate contributions to the Union war effort are disrupted by the arrival of Joseph Williams, "a handsome, young Black man... from up north" who was "born free." Suddenly, all four sisters must confront the challenges of building happy lives amid the ruins of the past. Via delicately written characterizations, each March woman exemplifies the notion that the wounds of bondage don't disappear simply because freedom is at hand, and the racist catalyst of enslavement doesn't disappear with the stroke of a pen, as a beloved story gains new meaning through the lens of enduring Black resilience, love, and hope. Back matter includes an author's note. Ages 13--up. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters -- Fiction.
Freed persons -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Roanoke Island (N.C.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Boston (Mass.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Feiwel and Friends,2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Little women.
Contributors Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Little women.
Language English
Description 291 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781250761217
1250761212
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