March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication

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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

KATE BOLICK is the author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own and is a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

JENNY ZHANG is a writer and poet based in New York City and the author of the story collection Sour Heart.

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties and a contributor to The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, and other publications.

JANE SMILEY is the author of many novels, works of nonfiction, and books for young adults, including A Thousand Acres and The Last Hundred Years trilogy, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Kate Bolick lives in Brooklyn.

Jenny Zhang lives in New York City.

Carmen Maria Machado lives in Philadelphia.

Jane Smiley lives in northern California.


"In addition to sharing literary insights and personal histories, the authors also discuss the extent to which the Marches resembled and diverged from their real-life models: Alcott's own sisters. Any readers who have ever compared themselves to Meg, Jo, Beth, or Amy--or to all four--will enjoy seeing Alcott's much-loved classic through these alternate perspectives." --Publishers Weekly

"Reading the 19th-century novel through a contemporary lens, writers Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado and Jane Smiley have, in March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women produced essays that are fresh, layered and insightful. . . . The March sisters march on in this stimulating, discerning and engaging book." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Jane Smiley's fresh, sharp take on the much-maligned Amy, is a tonic--and a revelation." --The Wall Street Journal