Marmee.

by Miller, Sarah, 1979-

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Summary

From the author of Caroline, a revealing retelling of Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women, from the perspective of Margaret "Marmee" March, about the larger real-world challenges behind the cozy domestic concerns cherished by generations of readers.



In 1861, war is raging in the South, but in Concord, Massachusetts, Margaret March has her own battles to fight. With her husband serving as an army chaplain, the comfort and security of Margaret's four daughters-- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--now rest on her shoulders alone. Money is tight and every month, her husband sends less and less of his salary with no explanation. Worst of all, Margaret harbors the secret that these financial hardships are largely her fault, thanks to a disastrous mistake made over a decade ago which wiped out her family's fortune and snatched away her daughters' chances for the education they deserve.

Yet even with all that weighs upon her, Margaret longs to do more--for the war effort, for the poor, for the cause of abolition, and most of all, for her daughters. Living by her watchwords, "Hope and keep busy," she fills her days with humdrum charity work to keep her worries at bay. All of that is interrupted when Margaret receives a telegram from the War Department, summoning her to her husband's bedside in Washington, D.C. While she is away, her daughter Beth falls dangerously ill, forcing Margaret to confront the possibility that the price of her own generosity toward others may be her daughter's life.

A stunning portrait of the paragon of virtue known as Marmee, a wife left behind, a mother pushed to the brink, a woman with secrets.



Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Miller, who revisited the Little House on the Prairie series via that story's matriarch in Caroline (2017), offers a robust retelling of Little Women centered around Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy's adoring mother. Often in the periphery of the original novel, Marmee is portrayed here with depth, internal dialogue, and her own narrative, which unfolds in short chapters from Christmas Eve of 1861 until December 1868. Growing beyond the bounds of doting motherhood and domesticity, Marmee is a complex character searching for meaning in her life after her husband leaves to contribute to the Civil War effort. Miller imagines a woman struggling to hold her tongue, especially around Aunt March, and operate within the parameters of her time period. Marmee's yearning leads her into a life driven by service to those in need in her community, and by an appreciation for friendship. The lyrical descriptions of life in the Marchs' quaint New England town offer escapism. Little Women fans will easily sink into this reimagining of Marmee's tale. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Caroline was a hit, and, with Little Women a perennial reader favorite, this should draw historical-fiction crowds, too."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Miller (Caroline: Little House, Revisited) offers another tepid retelling of an American classic, this time from the perspective of Little Women mother Margaret "Marmee" March. Marmee writes in her diary on Christmas Eve in 1861 of how she wishes to give her daughters treats but has no money from her husband Amos, who has been gone four months as an army chaplain. Marmee misses him dearly, though she has her hands full doing charity work and stretching his paychecks to keep their home in Concord, Mass. What follows hews closely to Alcott's original as Marmee describes their lives in the community and how she and the girls come to the aid of the starving Hummel family. Their neighbors, the generous Mr. Laurence and his grandson, nicknamed Laurie, are unexpected delights to their days, but other entries are weighed by the war news, the spiteful Aunt March, and thoughts about her stillborn child. Marmee feels guilt, too, over her temper, adding to her worries over their financial straits that keep Jo and Meg working instead of at school (just how this happened is revealed near the end). Though overlong and light on new angles to the old story, Miller convincingly captures Marmee's world and offers a bit of insight on the character. Die-hard Little Women fans might find this intriguing. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 09/14/2022 xa
Publisher William Morrow & Company,2022
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9780063041875
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