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Belittled Women

The familiar story of Christmas mornings, sibling ties that bind (and gag), and crushing on the boy next door gets twisted like a balloon animal in this companion novel to By the Book.

Teenage Jo reluctantly plays her literary namesake at Little Women Live! alongside sisters Meg and Amy and a rotating cast of Beths. When she has a chance to escape her family's cheesy reenactor lifestyle, Jo must decide how far she'll to go to find herself off the page and the stage. 



  1. Did you really write an entire book based on a random joke in your debut?


  2. Which one?

    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.

  3. I’ve heard a rumor the working title was LITTLE B*TCHES?

  4. Do you redeem Amy?
    Can anyone redeem Amy?

  5. Is this a sequel to BY THE BOOK?
    No, though there are family ties. See the short story “Twelfth Night” for clues.

  6. Would you describe this as a retelling of LITTLE WOMEN?
    To the same degree as a Looney Tunes riff on opera.

  7. Does Beth die?
    Early and often.

  8. Will Jo end up with Laurie in this one?
    Depends on your definition of “Laurie.” 

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