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Little Women read by Greenhorn Valley Book Club
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“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was the Greenhorn Valley Book Club’s final “Classic” for the year 2019. It was published in 1868 and became the earliest American children’s novel to attain such a high level of popularity.

It is understood that Ms. Alcott based this timeless story on herself and her three sisters. It is the tale of the March girls growing up during the Civil War in New England. With their father off to the War, their mother shares her wisdom as she helps her daughters through sisterly squabbles and tragic losses. They discover that growing up can be very hard indeed.

Louisa May was able to supplement the Alcott family income with the publication of her stories. She also worked during the War as a nurse and contracted Typhoid Fever. Her works “Hospital Sketches” and “Moods” were written during this time.

As we discussed “Little Women,” our members identified some favorite quotes: “Don’t try to make me grow up before my time!” “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my own ship.” “Be worthy, love, and love will come.” And finally, “Love casts out fear and gratitude can conquer pride.”

We had a lively discussion as many of us remembered reading this book with our own mothers so long ago.

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