In this companion novel to By the Book, teenage Jo reluctantly plays her literary namesake in her family's Little Women living history museum, alongside sisters Meg and Amy and a rotating cast of Beths. When she has a chance to break free of her fictional alter ego and the cheesy reenactor lifestyle, Jo runs into trouble that leads her to a new appreciation for Alcott's message about the importance of family...and the cute boy next door.
Coming Fall 2022 from HMH.
Did you really write an entire book based on a random joke in your debut?
During Mary’s catastrophic birthday dinner, we learn her cousins are LITTLE WOMEN reenactors. From page 260 of BY THE BOOK:
“They’ve turned that novel into a tourist attraction.” Our mother quivered with righteous indignation. “Can you imagine?”
“Er, no,” Arden said quickly, though I could tell she’d been doing just that.
I’ve heard a rumor the working title was LITTLE B*TCHES?
Do you redeem Amy?
Can anyone redeem Amy?
Is this a sequel to BY THE BOOK?
No, though there are family ties. See the short story “Twelfth Night” for clues.
Would you describe this as a retelling of LITTLE WOMEN?
To the same degree as a Looney Tunes riff on opera.
Does Beth die?
Early and often.
Will Jo end up with Laurie in this one?
Depends on your definition of “Laurie.”