The Little Women Letters
With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can’t help but feel like the failure of the Atwater family. Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight.
Then Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-great-grandmother Josephine March. As she delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great-great-grandmother help Lulu find a place for herself in a world so different from the one Jo knew?
As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly’s novel will speak to anyone who’s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.
The Legacy of Little Women
Reading Group Guide
Emma, Lulu, and Sophie Atwater are sisters who couldn’t be more different. They adore one another and drive each other crazy in equal measure. Middle sister Lulu feels like the black sheep of the family—at twenty-four, she still doesn’t know what she wants out of life. One day in her parent’s attic, she finds a collection of letters from her great-great-grandmother Jo March. Finally someone seems to understand Lulu. Jo didn’t always get along with her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy, and she, like Lulu, assumed that she was too quirky and opinionated ever to find love.
As the family gets ready for Emma’s wedding, Lulu realizes that she can’t keep the letters to herself—Grandma Jo belongs to all the Atwater women.
QUESTIONS & TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Jo March writes in a letter from 1888, “times are changing for girls, blessedly” (page 2). What new liberties does Jo enjoy during her lifetime, according to her letters? see more