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“A lively, entertaining read.” – Kirkus Reviews

"[May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s, a milieu too little appreciated today." – The New York Times

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THE OTHER ALCOTT tells the story of the real sisters behind the beloved characters in the American classic LITTLE WOMEN.

Eclipsed by her sister’s literary triumph in 1868, May Alcott, the youngest of the Alcott sisters, sets out to pursue her own career as a painter. May’s quest for her own identity and success takes her from Boston to Rome, London, and Paris and eventually puts her on a collision course with her famous older sister, Louisa.

When May discovers professional accomplishment comes at a steep cost, she is forced to make a choice that could unravel everything she has fought for. Two tenacious Alcotts—one a painter, the other a writer—challenge society’s expectations at a time when women are discouraged from any ambitions beyond landing a prosperous husband.


The Other Alcott is a delightful, moving book. More than ever, we need books like this – in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning.”  - Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl

“Elise Hooper’s thoroughly modern debut, The Other Alcott, gives a fresh take on one of literature’s most beloved families. Hooper is a writer to watch!” — Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens

"In The Other Alcott, Elise Hooper has crafted a sweeping and deeply personal tale of a young woman's struggle to emerge out of her famous sister's shadow and define herself as an artist and independent adventurer. You will never look at Little Women the same way again. - Laurie Lico Albanese, author of Stolen Beauty

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