16 April 2010

Featuring . . . The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees

This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order by year.

Today's novel is for all fans of Little Women. In The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines the budding author in love and embracing life while trying to do her best for her family. Here's the publisher's summary:

In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott--who never had a romance--write so convincingly of love and heartbreak without experiencing it herself?

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career--and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.
Who didn't love Little Women, especially if you were young before the current abundance of young adult fiction. Jo was smart, strong, and independent, and so was Louisa. There are so many reasons to read McNees's novel: great historical fiction, insight into a favorite author, an examination of dreams versus duty, a study of family dynamics, and a look at young love. (My own review will be up soon.)

For a wonderful conversation with McNees, don't miss the TLC tour blog chat hosted by Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading? (Warning: there are spoilers in that conversation.) It shows just how thought-provoking the book is. The novel would be a great book club choice.

No overview of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott can be complete without this very fun book trailer:



This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott at Powell's
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, April 2010
ISBN-13: 9780399156526

18 comments:

Julie P. 4/16/10, 8:29 AM  

This is one that I'm really looking forward to! Can't wait and I've heard so many good things.

Beth 4/16/10, 8:36 AM  

This book has shown up on my radar a couple of times now--maybe it's one to get for the Kindle!

Vivienne 4/16/10, 9:32 AM  

I can only get this on import at the moment, so it is really expensive, but I do hope to get it when it goes down in price.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books) 4/16/10, 10:48 AM  

I have heard a lot about this book, but it does sound good. I'm looking forward to reading it at some point.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 4/16/10, 11:36 AM  

Best book I've read this year. No doubt about it. Thanks for the trailer. It's so funny because it's true.

Jen - devourer of books 4/16/10, 12:31 PM  

Loved the book, but this is the first time I've seen the trailer, that was great!

bermudaonion 4/16/10, 12:46 PM  

I've got this one and I'm dying to get to it. I'll be glad when I get done with the commitments I have lined up.

SandyCarlson 4/16/10, 3:41 PM  

I WANT THAT BOOK! So enticing.

Alyce 4/16/10, 3:47 PM  

I haven't read it yet, but I received it via LibraryThing.

thebookaffair 4/16/10, 5:18 PM  

I really want to read this. It's already on my list, so I shall at some point venture out, buy, read and review. :)

Jen-Girls Gone Reading 4/16/10, 6:14 PM  

LOVED the trailer! I wasn't sure about this book. All the reviews said it was great, but I was starting to get a bored with the "reworking" history genre. The trailer reinspired me NOT to take a break from this type of book. Thanks for including it!

Emily 4/16/10, 9:50 PM  

Okay, that book trailer is pure awesomeness. My husband and I laughed out loud at how very true that was...

Booksnyc 4/16/10, 11:01 PM  

I read this last weekend - it is great! It brought back warm memories of Little Women.

Dorte H 4/17/10, 11:13 AM  

I loved Alcott´s books when I was a teenager, and that WAS a funny trailer!

shelburns 4/17/10, 11:46 AM  

I have this one to read; can't wait!

Amused 4/17/10, 9:09 PM  

I think this book looks so good! Can't wait to read it!

Amused 4/17/10, 9:09 PM  

I think this book looks so good! Can't wait to read it!

softdrink 4/18/10, 9:45 PM  

I'm looking forward to getting my paws on this one, too.

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