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.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.)
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.
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.
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, April 2010