Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in So Many Beginnings, a warm and powerful YA remix of the classic novel Little Women by national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow.
North Carolina, 1863. As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island is blossoming, a haven for the recently emancipated. Black people have begun building a community of their own, a refuge from the shadow of the old life. It is where the March family has finally been able to safely put down roots with four young daughters:
Meg, a teacher who longs to find love and start a family of her own.
Jo, a writer whose words are too powerful to be contained.
Beth, a talented seamstress searching for a higher purpose.
Amy, a dancer eager to explore life outside her family’s home.
As the four March sisters come into their own as independent young women, they will face first love, health struggles, heartbreak, and new horizons. But they will face it all together.
PLEASE! This book was everything. Any chance I have to get my hands on a book about black women I am going to do it. I am a huge fan of the original story as well as the many adaptions that were born from it. This was a retelling, yes, but it was so much more than that. We got to see this story told from a diverse perspective with fully developed characters who each had their own voice and story to tell. There were things about this retelling that were very reminiscent of the Little Women story that we know and love, the relationship between the girls, the relationship with their mom, how they work as a family unit. But, our cast of black characters in a post-slavery environment made for a genuinely unique story about hope, love, ambition, and family. Each sister had their own life goals and ambitions and they were clearly drawn out through the novel. It was very satisfying to see each of the girls’ journeys.
Although the book is only about 300 pages, Morrow was able to pack so much character development and story details into its pages. If the book had been as long as the original work I feel like I would have read it with the same fervor. The pacing was nice and the writing felt very comfortable and easy to get through. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the story of Little Women.
Meet the Author
A somewhat-recovering expat living in the American Northeast (with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec), Bethany C Morrow writes speculative fiction for both the adult and the young adult market.
Her adult debut, MEM, was an ABA 2018 Indies Introduce pick, and a June Indie Next pick, and was featured/reviewed in: Locus Magazine, the LA Times, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Bustle, and Tor.com, among others.
She was editor and contributor to TAKE THE MIC: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, which released with AAL/Scholastic in October 2019.
Bethany’s YA debut,, A SONG BELOW WATER is a contemporary fantasy, and releases in June 2020.
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