The Other Alcott


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William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
5.2 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

A native New Englander, Elise Hooper spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before getting a MA and teaching high-school literature and history. Her debut novel The Other Alcott was a nominee for the 2017 Washington Book Award. More novels--Learning to See, Fast Girls, and Angels of the Pacific--followed, all centered on the lives of extraordinary but overlooked historical women. Hooper now lives in Seattle with her husband and two teenage daughters.


"Her adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s, a milieu too little appreciated today [...] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May." -- New York Times

"Hooper is especially good at depicting the complicated blend of devotion and jealousy so common among siblings... a lively, entertaining read." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A fascinating concept, and just the way to kick off your celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women." -- Historical Novel Society

"[...] this title is not to be missed by the classic's many fans who will want to get an insider's look at the real people who inspired the March family." -- Library Journal

"More than ever, we need books like this - in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning." -- Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl

"To read this book is to understand why the women behind Little Women continue to cast a long shadow our imaginations and dreams. Hooper is a writer to watch!" -- Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens

"In The Other Alcott, Elise Hooper has crafted a sweeping and deeply personal tale [...] You will never look at Little Women or the Alcott family the same way again." -- Laurie Lico Albanese, author of Stolen Beauty

"An atmospheric and engaging read, The Other Alcott widens the Alcott family spotlight to position the charismatic, artistic May as a rightful equal to famed Louisa. Hooper skillfully draws the reader into the complicated, competitive dynamic between two sisters determined to master their work and love each other." -- Joy Callaway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters

"The Other Alcott will also appeal to readers who have never read "Little Women" but have an interest in the role of women in history." -- Charleston Gazette-Mail