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The second story about the March family. Three years on from Little Women, the March girls and their friend Laurie are young adults with their futures ahead of them. Although they all face painful trials along the way - from Meg's sad lesson in housekeeping to Laurie's disappointment in love and a tragedy which touches them all - each of the girls finally finds happiness, if not always in the way they expect.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140366952
ISBN-10: 0140366954
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Puffin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » In the original edition, Little Women appeared in one volume, Parts One and Two. In this edition, Little Women carries the story up to Meg's engagement to John. And Good Wives follows through to the end. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Book Review: Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott - Reviewed by (15 Jul 2012)

Good Wives is the second part of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, and was written a year after Little Women. It is set some 3 years after Little Women, and starts with Meg’s wedding to John Brooke. It details Jo’s successes with writing, at first with less than literary works and later with her novel, Amy’s social interactions and ambitions to marry well, and Beth’s declining health and eventual death. Laurie, Mr & Mrs March and Mr Laurence all make appearances, and Jo eventually finds true love, but not with her boy Laurie. Trips to Europe and New York, and events in the lives of the March girls all serve as vehicle for the various morals that Alcott wishes to espouse or demonstrate, including how to be a good wife, being true to oneself, turning the other cheek and, being charitable. Amy discovers that morals can be decidedly inconvenient. Living in the 21st century and the age of antibiotics makes it difficult to relate to the circumstances of Beth’s deterioration and death: Beth decides she is dying (forever weakened after her childhood bout of Scarlet Fever) and no-one seems to even try to do anything about it. Events at the end of the novel segue neatly into the next of the series, Little Men.


Author Biography - Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods. She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic

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