March : A Love Story in a Time of War, Paperback

March : A Love Story in a Time of War Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Richard and Judy pick.

From the author of the acclaimed 'Year of Wonders' and 'People of the Book', a historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe on the front lines of the American Civil War.

Set during the American Civil War, 'March' tells the story of John March, known to us as the father away from his family of girls in 'Little Women', Louisa May Alcott's classic American novel.

In Brooks's telling, March emerges as an abolitionist and idealistic chaplain on the front lines of a war that tests his faith in himself and in the Union cause when he learns that his side, too, is capable of barbarism and racism.

As he recovers from a near-fatal illness in a Washington hospital, he must reassemble the shards of his shattered mind and body, and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. As Alcott drew on her real-life sisters in shaping the characters of her little women, so Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May's father, an idealistic educator, animal rights exponent and abolitionist who was a friend and confidante of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

The story spans the vibrant intellectual world of Concord and the sensuous antebellum South, through to the first year of the Civil War as the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats.

Like her bestselling 'Year of Wonders', 'March' follows an unconventional love story.

It explores the passions between a man and a woman, the tenderness of parent and child, and the life-changing power of an ardently held belief.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007165872



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I think I had too many barriers up to truly enjoy this book. I love Little Women - it's one of my comfort books.I found Mr March quite wishy washy and can't believe that he'd be married to Marmee or father Jo!

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Brooks brilliantly jumped into the gap that Ascott left. She made March into a man that won my sympathy.

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3.75 starsThis is Geraldine Brooks' take on the story of Mr. March, the father/husband character in Little Women. March is mostly away during the story of Little Women, serving as a chaplain in the army during the U.S. Civil War. March and his wife, Marmee, are fervent abolitionists. A good portion of March's story (as told by Brooks) takes place on a plantation run by a northerner where the black people, who were once slaves, are now working on the plantation for wages. But, the war is still on. It started slowly for me. In the first 1/3 of the book, the chapters go back and forth in time and seem a little bit all over the place. But, about 1/3 of the way in, it sticks to a more chronological telling (which I enjoyed much more!), so it really picked up for me from there on. I seemed to enjoy it more, the more I read. I also enjoyed the Author's note and Q&A at the end. Had it been a chronological story from the start, it might have been a 4 star read for me, but in the end, it came very close.

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