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Paperback Good Wives: Little Women, Part 2 Book

ISBN: 0140366954

ISBN13: 9780140366952

Good Wives: Little Women, Part 2

(Part of the Little Women Series)

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Book Overview

The second touching story about the March family. Three years on from Little Women , the March girls and their friend Laurie are young adults with their futures to find. Although they all face painful trials along the way - from Meg's sad lesson in housekeeping to Laurie's disappointment in love and the tragedy that touches them all - each of the girls finally finds happiness, if not always the way they expect.

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Little Women- Part Two

Just to be clear, Little Women was originally published in two parts: Little Women, and Good Wives. They've since been sold mostly in one volume. If you remember the death of Beth, Jo's experiences in New York, and Meg as a married woman, you have already read this. I enjoyed reading them as separate volumes (it allows me to pretend that Beth lives and Jo ends up with Laurie), but this isn't how this book is usually sold. But, contrary to what some another review has said, this isn't some gimmicky attempt by publishers to rip off readers, this is how the book was originally sold. Both halves of this story are lovely, definitely worth reading.

Anyone who loved "Little Women" will also like "Good Wives!"

A thoroughly satisfying sequel to a book I grew up loving. It took me forever to get to Good Wives, but when I did, it was like coming home. What a treat to meet up with my favorite childhood characters in this delicious heartwarming book!

Little women become "Good Wives"

Louisa May Alcott captured the spirit of a loving family in "Little Women," the ultimate coming-of-age story. In "Good Wives," the second half of the "Little Women" story (and the second part of an ongoing family saga), Alcott takes her little women out of teenage hijinks and into a darker, more adult place. The book opens with Meg March's wedding to John Brooke -- he's not the wealthy man of her dreams, but he is the man she loves. As Meg learns that it's a struggle to be a poor man's wife, her sisters Jo and Amy are stretching their own wings -- Amy is becoming an accomplished young artist, and Jo is letting "genius burn" as a published writer. Beth, who has never recovered from her bout of scarlet fever, is still a fragile homebody. Things take an unexpected turn when Aunt March invites Amy to go to Europe with her -- a trip Jo has wanted for years. To make things worse, Beth is in love with Laurie... but then Laurie proposes to Jo. When she rejects him, he storms away to Europe. Jo leaves as well, to be a governess and a writer in the city, but returns home to find Beth slowly wilting away. Tragedy, love and new life will bring the family back together in unexpected ways. It always hurts to grow up, and the events of "Good Wives" are no exception. It's a much more adult book than the first "Little Women," with the girls finding out about love, marriage, careers, artistic attempts and the loss of loved ones. There's plenty of humor -- Jo's disastrous housecalls and Amy's equally disastrous dinner party -- but it's muted. Alcott's writing, surprisingly, doesn't change much -- it's still funny, weird and highly detailed, but also full of sweetness and pathos. And while the book has some sad endings, the overall feel is that life goes on and things always turn out, if not happily, then for the best -- there are marriages, babies, and new beginnings for everyone. And it ends with a lead-in to the sequel, "Little Men," with Jo and Professor Bhaer adopting a bunch of boys as unruly as Jo was. Jo is the same old Jo, with her foot in her mouth and her fierce independence. But she does become more mature and less prickly. Beth is almost a nonentity, wasting away until leaving the book altogether; Meg seems rather ditzy as a housewife, but apparently is shown as a Marmee-in-training. Amy does the best of all, becoming a vivid, funny character almost as likable as Jo. The second part of "Little Women" is "Good Wives" -- a very different kind of story about the March girls. But if anything, it's a more beautiful and sweeter one.

this was a good book

I liked this book a lot although i found amy's letters to be a bit boring. All throughout the book, i found myself wanting Jo and Laurie to end up together. Whether they do or not, you have to read the story. And Meg is finding her married life a lot different then she imagined. Its not all a bed of roses. Read the book. Its a good ending to little women.

A worthy sequel

Sequel seldom works but this book is better then the first one, 'cause it explores the minds of it's charecters more truthfully then the first one.Here in this book they look more real and alive.The lose of the Beth is the great one but they bear it truely. Jo's charecter comes out so vividly that it dominated the whole book.It was a delight to read this book.

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