The Other Alcott

The Other Alcott

Elise Hooper / Sep 23, 2019

The Other Alcott Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right We all know the story of the March sisters heroines of Louisa M

  • Title: The Other Alcott
  • Author: Elise Hooper
  • ISBN: 9780062645340
  • Page: 311
  • Format: ebook
  • Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott s Little Women But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister Now, it s time to learn the truth aboutElise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott s Little Women But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister Now, it s time to learn the truth about the real Amy , Louisa s sister, May.Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man s profession.Life for the Alcott family has never been easy, so when Louisa s Little Women is published, its success eases the financial burdens they d faced for so many years Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled Amy March Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her So May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges an amazing life of her own, making her so much than merely The Other Alcott.

    The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper Marmee, The Other Alcott The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper is a beautifully written debut novel I must admit that I have not read Little Women or any of the other titles written by Louisa May Alcott. The Other Alcott A Novel The Other Alcott is a historical fiction novel about May Alcott, an incredible force that stepped outside the boundaries of expectations for women of her time She essentially took her life into her own hands and lived a life she wanted. The Other Alcott A Novel Kindle edition by Elise Hooper The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May The New York Times Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right. The Other Alcott ReadingGroupGuides The Other Alcott But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister Now, it s time to learn the truth about the real Amy, Louisa s sister, May Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper, Paperback Barnes Noble Most Helpful Customer Reviews The characters were based in part on Louisa s own family Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and of course Marmee and Father stood in for Anna, Louisa, Lizzie, May and the real life Marmee and Father Elise Hooper s The Other Alcott fictionalizes the story of May Alcott The book begins with the rave reviews for The Other Alcott Elise Hooper E book HarperCollins US The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May The New York Times Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott s Little Women. THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise Hooper Kirkus Reviews A mix of history and imagination, this debut novel focuses on May Alcott, the model for Amy in Little Women and youngest sister of the book s widely chronicled author, Louisa May Alcott. The Other Alcott Hooper Summary Guide Book Club The Other Alcott Elise Hooper, HarperCollins pp ISBN Summary Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott s Little Women But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often THE OTHER ALCOTT Reading Group Choices THE OTHER ALCOTT Elise Hooper Named one of POPSUGAR s Books to Read This Fall Elise Hooper s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott Louisa s youngest sister and an artist in her own right We all know the story of the The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper Book Club Discussion The Other Alcott Between their beliefs on education, abolitionism, woman suffrage, amongst other causes Bronson was also vegetarian , the Alcotts were viewed as radicals and seen as unconventional.

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      • Elise Hooper

        Although a New Englander by birth and at heart , Elise now lives with her husband and two young daughters within stone skipping distance of the Pacific Northwest s Puget Sound When she s not writing, she s in her classroom making American history and literature interesting for high school students Follow Elise on Instagram to see of what she s reading elisehooper


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    1. ***I'm running a giveaway on this book at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine!Little Women was one of my favorite childhood reads. I don’t recall how old I was when I read it but I do remember that I longed to be one of the March girls. And I was so proud to have finished such an unimaginably long book! I found 449 pages very daunting back then. Of course, once I began reading it was over all too soon. Now that I think about it, Little Women may have been my first book hangover. Therefore, I was very excited [...]


    2. I was fortunate enough to win a Kindle ebook copy of this book in a giveaway. Many thanks to the author and friend, Elise Hooper. I wish you great success with your debut tale based on the life of Abigail May Alcott Nieriker (1840-1879).Elise has obviously done a great deal of research into not only May's life but also the historical background for the story, most especially the art scene in Europe during the fascinating period when 'a group of artists were 'experimenting with composition, sty [...]


    3. I confess to not having read "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, but that certainly did not detract from my enjoyment of "The Other Alcott." Anyone who has lingered in the shadow of an older sister or suffered the angst of sibling rivalry will relate to the plight of May Alcott, the youngest sister of Louisa May Alcott. The feminist themes presented are equally as interesting as the familial relationships. Both women are fascinating individuals who strove to support themselves as artists, one a [...]


    4. Though I love Little Women and knew it was somewhat autobiographical, I did not know a whole lot about the lives of the Alcotts. I very much enjoyed this sensitive and well-researched imagining of the life of the youngest Alcott, immortalized in Little Women as cute, willful, pretentious Amy. The reality of May's life was far more complicated, as was her relationship with her famous sister Louisa. I was engrossed by this story and whipsawed by the ending. Beware, you will cry.


    5. Reading Elise Hooper’s debut reminded me of one of the first books I fell in love with as a young girl. I devoured The Other Alcott in the same fashion as Little Women. Transported to another time, lost in the pages of this vivid world that sweeps from Concord to Paris and London and Rome, this story will make you fall in love with May Alcott, and when you reach that last page, and the journey is over, you’ll want to go back to beginning, and start all over again—it’s that good.


    6. Don’t know how to rate this. Coz it was both ok, and also my biggest let down of the year.I need to think, but I’ll be back.


    7. This was the September selection for Instagram’s Salt Water Reads Book Club and loved it! May Alcott is an aspiring artist, who is always living in the shadow of her sister, Louisa, who wrote the infamous book, Little Women. May grows up longing to experience the world beyond Concord, Massachusetts, taking art lessons and turning down a marriage proposal from a well-to-do suitor, and facing scorn for what is very much a man's profession. The Alcott family never had it easy, so when Little Wome [...]


    8. This is the second novel of May Alcott I have read, and I enjoyed this every bit as much as the other. Both stories focus on different aspects of May, highlighting times and places in unique ways, with THE OTHER ALCOTT giving special attention to the relationship between the sisters: May and Louisa. Hooper has done a marvelous job showing a flawed character who is a delight, even when she stumbles. Like Jane Austen's Emma, May is charming and her struggles are relatable. Her need to carve an id [...]


    9. FANS OF LITTLE WOMEN - DON'T MISS THIS ONE!An absolutely fascinating debut by Elise Hooper. Along with millions of other people, I've long loved Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. However, I knew little about the author's life, and even less about her sister, May. I loved learning more about the Alcott's unconventional family. I thought concentrating on May in this historical fiction was a genius idea - how must it have been at that point in history to have a hugely successful sister while you ha [...]


    10. You don't have to love Little Women (or even have read it) to get swept away by this absorbing novel about art and ambition, the complexities of sisterhood and friendship, and the struggles of choosing a creative path. May Alcott was truly a remarkable woman for her time--and Hooper's captivating prose brings her to vivid life with wit and grace. I was sorry to turn the final page. Here's hoping Hooper has more like this up her sleeve!


    11. Gorgeously-written required reading for fans of LITTLE WOMEN, THE OTHER ALCOTT is the "rest of the story" we have all been waiting for since childhood.Thanks to the author for providing me with an advance copy of this novel for review purposes - all opinions are my own. There are two types of people in this world - those who have read Little Women, and those who haven't. And there isn't a category for those who have read but didn't love it, because those people simply don't exist! For all of us [...]


    12. My Rating:4.5Favorite Quotes:You two make me glad I’m an only child.I’m advising you to find the balance between painting your subject with mastery and sensitivity. In other words, if a client hires you to paint a portrait of his horse-faced wife, you better find a way to make those horsey features attractive.She had violet-colored eyes that glowed like amethysts from under a fringe of long black lashes. Between her size and extraordinary eye color, she looked like a fairy. May eyed the rema [...]


    13. This was such a fascinating book! I loved reading about the Alcott family, particularly the close - and at times contentious - relationship between May and Louisa, and also about May's travels through Europe and her education in art. In author Elise Hooper's skilled hands, May is more than "the other Alcott" - she's an ambitious, intelligent woman that readers will fall in love with.


    14. I'll be honest and admit I've never read Little Woman or anything by Louisa May Alcott. That's to say, being familiar with the Alcotts is not a prerequisite to reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Alcotts (and now I'm intrigued to look up May Alcott's paintings and read Louisa's words). I found the family dynamic very interesting.This is one of those stories that you love to come back to. It feels like real life. It's not heavy with action, twists or turns (there are some! [...]


    15. 4.5/5I completely loved The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper. In some ways, it was very much like I was expecting, being a book about the “other” woman “behind” someone very famous – I adore those books. In other ways, it surpassed my expectations. I knew going into it that I was getting a story about May Alcott, younger sister of Louisa of Little Women fame, but I had no idea that I was getting such a rich tale of travel, of art, and of May becoming independent in her own right. I wanted [...]


    16. “It’s none of your business what other people think of you.”- Marmee, The Other AlcottThe Other Alcott by Elise Hooper is a beautifully written debut novel.  I must admit that I have not read Little Women or any of the other titles written by Louisa May Alcott.  I was assured that I would still be able to enjoy this novel, even without knowing any prior history of the Alcott’s.  They were not wrong, in fact, now I want to read Little Women, because Elise Hooper’s riveting story suck [...]


    17. A must read for Little Women fans. First the Cons: The writing style seemed a bit simple at times, but it was similar to Little Women so it worked. May seemed a bit too petulant at times, acting like the Amy March she tried to avoid. You might want to read a synopsis of the real May Alcott's life before reading. But the story was good and kept me interested in throughout. One purpose of a book is to inspire and it definitely did that. I became interested in the art and artists mentioned. It make [...]


    18. Never realizedhow interesting a life and how successful an artistic career the "Amy" of Little Women had. Fascinating window on life of a working woman artist.


    19. "Little Women" has always been one of my favorite books. During my childhood, I devoured every book I could find by Louisa May Alcott and did a term paper on her in high school (it was about how much her actual life parallels her book, "Little Women"). When I read the premise of "The Other Alcott", I was so excited to read more about my beloved Alcott family! "The Other Alcott" by Elise Hooper is about May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott's younger sister. In Louisa's book "Little Women", the character [...]


    20. I have been a Louisa May Alcott fan since I was a girl. I loved reading Little Women and most of Alcott’s other novels. I also loved all of the different movie versions of Little Women. I wanted to be part of the Alcott family believing they were the March family . . . until I started reading biographies of Alcott and discovered that while there were similarities, there were also many differences in which the Alcott family struggled through very difficult circumstances. I was very intrigued by [...]


    21. Received through FirstReadsWas quite happy to get this, as I'm in the midst of a historical fiction binge. All I really knew of any Alcott was that I read "Little Women" when I was young, and loved it. Though this book is fiction, it made me want to read more about this family, which says a lot for the author. The surroundings came to life very well; when they set sail for France, it was easy to picture, and even imagine the sounds. The main character was sympathetic but not whiny or poor me. An [...]


    22. I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. May is such an engaging, realistic, relatable character. Hooper's wonderful story poses such great and relevant questions about what it means to be a woman artist, then and now, and also about work-life balance for such women, as well as what society demands of women artists. Some of the questions May faced in her day we still do not have the answers to. As such this book rang so true and really resonated with me.The relationship between May [...]


    23. The Other Alcott is an insightful biographical novel about Louisa May Alcott’s less famous but equally talented younger sister, May. As it turns out Abigail ‘May’ Alcott, who was portrayed as the pampered ‘Amy’ in her sister’s book Little Women, had creative aspirations of her own. This story of her life and the art world she lived in follows her from Concord and Boston to London, Rome, and Paris, where she twice exhibited at the Paris Salon. It’s rich in exploring the bonds – an [...]


    24. Don't worry Little Women fans, "The Other Alcott" is an enjoyable read that rings real. I am not sure I would recommend this book to people who aren't fans of Little Women, I think there is so much tied to the novel you won't fully appreciate it.


    25. I have read almost everything that Louise May Alcott has written and was always interested in her younger sister, May who wanted to be an artist. I, like May, was always carrying a sketch book when I was younger and later took many art classes. So that is why I wanted to read this book.The first thing that I noticed was that the pace was very slow, many times I felt that the story was not moving forward. This changed after the first half but it greatly cut into my enthusiasm for this book. Also, [...]



    26. For all lovers of Little Women Grab this book.Amy March a sister we don't really know much about Is brought to life here.An artist searching for herself her family relations a multi layered wonderful read,


    27. Hooper, Elise. The Other Alcott. Morrow. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062645333. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062645340. F[DEBUT] How do you know when you become an artist?, ponders May Alcott, younger sister of author Louisa May. May painted for years, furnishing illustrations for the first edition of Little Women (1868). Reviews that praise Louisa’s novel while criticizing May’s drawings, saying they “lack realistic proportion and look stiff,” devastate the 28-year-old artist. Disappointme [...]


    28. Dear Elise Hooper:Your book gets a "1" because you are tacky enough to rate it yourself.That aside, you wouldn't have gotten much more. You've fictionalized May's life the way Louisa May fictionalized her as Amy. But Alcott was a skilled writer, and you're no match. Sincerely,The Library Lady(Who has read "Little Woman" zillions of times since 1971, read just about everything out there on the Alcotts, and spent more money than she could afford on a Franklin Mint "Amy" doll back when she was just [...]


    29. A delightful and charming book about May Alcott, the youngest sister to Louisa, the author famous for Little Women. For many years, I worked in Concord just a mile from the Alcott house and I was always enchanted by the drawings left on the walls by May--the same drawings that inspired Elise Hooper to write this fascinating story. This is a novel of complex sibling relationships, of art, of love, and of a woman brave enough to pursue a career that was rarely considered suitable for a young woman [...]


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