Brooks brilliantly applies her prodigious imagination, the fruits of her exhaustive research on the Civil War, and her masterful writing skills to grace readers with this backstory of the March family father, who in Little Women is off serving the Union in the Civil War. Her depictions of the brutal horrors of slavery, of war, and of the harsh reality that greeted newly freed slaves are gut-wrenching. More than once, March faces life and death situations requiring split-second decisions, the guilt from which will haunt and torment him every day of his life. Brooks finds the darkness, the secrets, and the guilt that lies beneath the surface of the Alcott characters. In her hands, the characters of March and Marmee are enriched and become more human and relatable—somehow without detracting from the joy that comes from reading Alcott’s classic. This novel so powerfully captured this complicated watershed period of our history, it left me hungering to know more. To my way of thinking, March is a classic of the twentieth century.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord.
From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd). With "pitch-perfect writing" (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction.
About the Author
Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.
"Brilliant...Geraldine Brooks' new novel, March, is a very great book....Brooks has magnificently wielded the novelist's license."—Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune
"A beautifully wrought story....Gripping....A taut plot, vivid characters and provocative issues."—Heller McAlpin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Honorable, elegant and true."—John Freeman, The Wall Street Journal
"Harrowing and moving...In her previous book, Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks proved herself to be a wonderful novelist. March has all the same virtues...casting a spell that lasts much longer than the reading of it."—Karen Joy Fowler, The Washington Post World
"Wholly original...deeply engaging."—Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor
"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased."—The Economist