Little Woman in Blue May Alcott spends her days sewing blue shirts for Union soldiers but she dreams of painting a masterpiece which many say is impossible for a woman and of finding love too When she reads her sister s

  • Title: Little Woman in Blue
  • Author: Jeannine Atkins
  • ISBN: 9781631529870
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • May Alcott spends her days sewing blue shirts for Union soldiers, but she dreams of painting a masterpiece which many say is impossible for a woman and of finding love, too When she reads her sister s wildly popular novel, Little Women, she is stung by Louisa s portrayal of her as Amy, the youngest of four sisters who trades her desire to succeed as an artist for the joMay Alcott spends her days sewing blue shirts for Union soldiers, but she dreams of painting a masterpiece which many say is impossible for a woman and of finding love, too When she reads her sister s wildly popular novel, Little Women, she is stung by Louisa s portrayal of her as Amy, the youngest of four sisters who trades her desire to succeed as an artist for the joys of hearth and home Determined to prove her talent, May makes plans to move far from Massachusetts and make a life for herself with room for both watercolors and a wedding dress Can she succeed And if she does, what price will she have to pay Based on May Alcott s letters and diaries, as well as memoirs written by her neighbors, Little Woman in Blue puts May at the center of the story she might have told about sisterhood and rivalry in an extraordinary family.

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    1. Please refrain from throwing pencils at me, but I despise Little Women. I think it is silly, saccharine drivel. Because of this, I was reluctant to pick up LITTLE WOMAN IN BLUE, but I’m so glad I did. Atkins delivers a marvelous reimagining of the very human story behind one of America’s most beloved novels.Artists are often jealous by nature. They wish heartily for one another’s success when they’re struggling, and then covet it when another achieves a certain level of status. Equal par [...]

    2. Giveaway @ Let Them Read Books!I sure do love all of the books coming out about lesser known women in history. May Alcott may have already been known to many, but I had no idea Louisa Alcott had a sister who was just as talented as she was--and I'm sure many lovers of Little Women don't know either if they only went by Louisa's portrayal of May as Amy in the book. Jeannine Atkins has shone a spotlight on the other talented Alcott sister, exploring the nature of sisterhood, the effects of fame on [...]

    3. 4 stars!Wow, this book really took me back. I read Little Women and Little Men back when I was a teenager. What good books they were, and they weren't required! I got a little thrown when the character names were different, then I realized this was a true book about the real Alcott sisters (well, from what the author could find through research) and how the books got published and how their life really was. It was also confusing me, because I didn't remember the dad ever being around, I always t [...]

    4. Dear Readers: I loved LITTLE WOMEN as a girl, and I still do. But as the years passed and I learned more about Louisa May Alcott’s real family, I read her novel with different eyes. I learned that the real youngest sister, May Alcott, worked diligently at her art, as well as enjoying flirtations. I saw some of May’s paintings displayed in Orchard House, the historic home in Massachusetts devoted to the family’s history. As I recognized May’s talent, I wondered why Louisa downplayed her d [...]

    5. 4.5 starsA wonderful glimpse of the real family behind Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, we are treated to a more rounded view of all the characters. Unlike Meg, Anna doesn't just aim to be respectable and think too much of her own position; Louisa goes off to nurse wounded soldiers, as Jo wanted to do; Beth worries about being forgotten, and May, unlike Amy, doesn't give up on her art but teaches, takes lessons, and searches for life and love with all her heart. Marmee is more than just a gentl [...]

    6. We are enormous Louisa May Alcott fans in my house -- so much so, my son's middle name is Alcott!When I saw mention of this book, a novel about Louisa's sister Abigail May (or Amy in Little Women), I was consumed with need for it. I knew a little of May from our visits to Orchard House, and my wife and I tripped over an exhibit of May's art at the Concord Public Library by accident some years ago. But I never thought more about her; I just assumed the girl portrayed by Louisa was more or less th [...]

    7. I thought this was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. I know there is a long gap between start to finish, but I had to wait a while to get a copy because it was a library book and other people wanted it. When I was able to read it the book was hard to put down. I thought the characters and plot were very well written. I thought it was a great and unique idea to write a book about Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister May. I never really knew much about her and now I want to learn more. I h [...]

    8. AAGH. I have not yet read this book, but I really want to, so I had meant to mark it as "to-read" on , but I was using my iPad instead of my laptopd I just realized today that it had somehow been marked as "read" and with a rating of 2 stars! I have NO idea how that happened, but I am horribly embarrassed about it. Going to go hide in a corner of shame now

    9. One of America’s best loved books ‘Little Women’ has never been one of my favourites, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I read it only a few years ago and could just never bring myself to relate with or be charmed by the characters and their lives. However, ‘Little Woman in Blue’ is just the book I needed to give me a more realistic view of what was actually happening behind the scenes. May Alcott is the central character in this story, a struggling artist in the 19th c [...]

    10. I can only recognize love when it disappears….Artist and writers. We only see the meaning or shape of things when they’re over.I came into this book without ever reading Little Women by Louisa Alcott and I was captured by the dreams of Louisa and her sister May. With one sisters burden with fame and the other seeking fame, tension is sure to abound. During the Alcott’s time in history, women were not captured by a dream of being a writer or an artist’s so it was a delight to see how a dr [...]

    11. I was very dissapointed in this book. I heard so many bloggers and reviewers laud it to the skies when it first came out. However, the story plods without the "lilt" of even the Allcott biography that I got about 4 decades back.Sure, they came from poverty; that was the life if a transendetalist of the time. Sure, women were still seen as simpering fools and made fun of even by other women. Sure, their lack of goid food, warm clothes and intelligent teachers made life hard. And, for sure, there [...]

    12. Thanks She Writes Press and netgalley for this arc.So much happens in her life! May had a hard life but a eventful one also. She never gave up her dreams. Loved how Atkins made May come alive.

    13. LOVED this book and think pretty much everyone I know should read it and will love it too. An up-front disclaimer: I got an ARC of this book directly from the author, who is a friend of mine. That said, the raptures and raves below are 100% my true opinion of this book, although (believe it or not), I've done my best to rein it in a bit in my attempt to write a cogent, succinct (oops - not sure I managed that) review.To say that I am impressed with Jeannine Atkins's latest book, a piece of adult [...]

    14. Interesting look into the life of (Abigail) May Alcott, younger sister of Louisa May Alcott. (May was their mother's maiden name). While this book is not a biography, it tells the reader about May's life. I had incorrectly believed this was a book about Louisa May Alcott's life. It also explains each of the Alcott sisters was an inspiration for the March sisters in Little Women- Anna was Meg, Louisa was Jo, deceased sister Elizabeth was Beth, and May was Amy. The book also explored May's interes [...]

    15. Very creative telling of Mat Alcott ' fictionalized life. It makes it easy to imagine May as tall and confident as her sister Louisa.The life of the Alcott girls was complicated by their father who chose a profession with little monetary compensation .Illness affected the people everywhere in the 19th century . This story gives us an opportunity to think about how things might have gone.

    16. May Alcott, the other talented Alcott sister, struggles to balance her desire to have a family and her driving need to create art. In her life's journey she travels from Concord to Boston to Paris, crossing paths with notable intellectuals and artists like Thoreau, Emerson, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot. Fans of Little Women will enjoy this historical novel.

    17. Anyone who visits the Alcott house in Concord, MA must wonder about the Alcott family; they clearly provided the models for “Little Women”, a beloved classic I have re-read many times.Louisa May Alcott gave her father only a small role in “Little Women”, and it always seemed to me that she portrayed Amy/May the least favorably among other family members. This novel provides a more extensive and positive account of her life, based on the relatively little that is known about her, and fill [...]

    18. What a nice surprise this book about Abigail ‘May’ Alcott turned out to be. She was the one portrayed as ‘Amy’ in Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women, the youngest sister who gave up her dream of becoming an artist when she married the boy next door. I was glad to learn that part was pure fiction. So, how was her life different than the book? Sorry, no spoilers. I will say her life and the art world she moved in were interesting enough that I’ve put The Other Alcott, another biogra [...]

    19. I’m a bit of a Little Women fanatic. I love the March sisters, and as a book nerd growing up in New England, Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my heroes. When I was in grad school, what started out as archival research on a favorite author turned into a full on obsession with the Alcott family as a whole. I read everything there was to read about them. I visited their home and special collections, submerged myself in their letters, scrapbooks and diaries. (I still feel guilty about that [...]

    20. I know this is a fictional biography, read Jeannine’s words in the author’s note: “But because much was missing as I researched in libraries, historic houses, museums, and at riverbanks, I drew upon my imagination to develop my sense of May. Much as a portrait painter begins with a particular face that changes as she chooses colors and brushstrokes, I began with descriptions of real people, places, and events to form impressions . . . to create scenes that comprise a work of fiction.” Th [...]

    21. Thank you to Jeannine Atkins for bring a glimmer of May Alcott back to us in the pages of her novel "Little Woman in Blue." Atkins sensitivity to separating May Alcott from her characterization as "Amy March" in "Little Women," would be - I think - much appreciated by May, herself. As a reader, I live for historical fiction -- an imaginative escape into the past, free from the constraints and sometimes dryness of nonfiction. As a historian, I sometimes struggle in my relationship with historical [...]

    22. I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Jeannine Atkins brought back to life a wonderful memories, and I learned so much! I am glad I had the chance to learn more about the Alcott’s lives. This book is one I will always treasure. It is already up on my bookshelf next to Louisa May Alcott’s books. Jeannine was a genius to write this book!I devoured this book from beginning to end. It was like reliving my youth. I was meeting new characters, but, they al [...]

    23. I have been a fan of all-things-Alcott since childhood so I was particularly excited to receive a copy of Little Woman in Blue, Jeannine Atkins' novel about May Alcott. Atkins did not disappoint.In Little Women, the youngest sister, Amy is the real life May Alcott. Readers of Little Women may well remember that Amy was portrayed as a spoiled and coddled child. Atkins has presented an altogether different image of that same Alcott sister—one of determination, drive, passion, creativity and cour [...]

    24. Even people who have never read Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and its two sequels (Little Men and Jo's Boys) probably have at least a vague memory of hearing about the March girls–Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy–whose father is away serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Civil War and who often struggle to put bread on the table. Meg, the oldest sister, follows a conventional life for the time by marrying young and bearing twins. Jo, the rebel, forges a career as a writer. Beth is the homebody, sweet a [...]

    25. This book is the fictional story of the real "Amy" from Little Women. May Alcott was the youngest of the sisters. The story begins following the death of Beth and beginning with the marriage of the oldest sister, Anna. May badly wants to pursue an artistic career but is consistently thwarted by family issues and her need to fulfill those duties while enabling Louisa to pursue her writing career. Consistently being told that, as a woman, she cannot have both a career in art and a family, she even [...]

    26. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has long been one of my favorite books. I'm an only child, so for me reading about the March sisters was fascinating. I loved reading about their antics, arguments, and make ups. When I got older, I learned that Louisa had based the March sisters off her own sisters. As I reread the book I wondered how alike and different her sisters were to their on page counterparts. I often wondered how the youngest sister, May, felt being portrayed as immature, selfish Amy.L [...]

    27. A more complete review with images is available on my blog.eviloverlordthoughts/littl1. I’ve noticed that the more tabs I’ve added to a book while reading, the more I’ve enjoyed it. I tab interesting words, quotes that seem to be a theme, and things I want to know more about. The colors don’t matter. I tell you this because it’s difficult to see my tabbing impact on an e-reader, but look at Jeannine Atkins’ Little Woman in Blue. I adored this book!2. It doesn’t matter that these ar [...]

    28. "Little Woman in Blue" is the story of May Alcott, sister of Louisa, who is the author of "Little Women" (one of my very favorites). She became very famous for it and what I didn't realize is that a lot of the inspiration for the book came from Louisa's own life. The book leaves a sour taste in May's mouth as she doesn't like how here character, Amy, is portrayed. This is a look at the complex relationship of sisterhood with all of its love and rivalry. I was drawn to this book because I love "L [...]

    29. I just finished reading Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins. It tells the story of May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott’s sister (who wrote Little Women and many other wonderful books). May is the youngest sister and loves to create art. Her family is more into books and May does not believe they recognize or acknowledge her work. May works to finance her art classes and dreams of going to Europe (to study art). The book goes on to describe May’s life in Massachusetts, her travels in Europe, he [...]

    30. I grew up reading Little Women, so when I got the chance to read about its creator through the eyes of her younger sister, May. May is an aspiring artist who also wants a husband and family. Louisa sees herself as too old to get married and would rather help where she can and focus on her writing. The two sisters end up clashing over many things, however they keep their sisterly bond. Through war, travel, successes and failures a portrait of two sisters is artfully drawn.I loved learning about t [...]

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