Geraldine Brooks’ March tells the story of Mr. March, the mostly absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. During the classic novel, Mr. March is away in the Civil War, while at home we see the March girls maturing. Brooks’ uses her imagination to describe the missing part of the story. Intertwining information from Little Women, March goes from his home in Concord to a southern plantation, teaching newly freed slaves. Throughout the novel the young adult life of March is described, including meeting his wife, and the influence of some famous historical figures, such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
March is rich and passionate. I did not enjoy Little Women myself; it was pretty dull. However, I did know the story well, and March adds depth to the characters and events. I really enjoyed the retelling; Brooks provides an original voice that I believe will satisfy lovers of the original story.
Try March if you liked Geraldine Brooks’ other work Year of Wonders.