May Alcott by Rose Peckham (1877), used by permission from Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

May Alcott by Rose Peckham (1877), used by permission from Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

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 will be released by William Morrow/Harper Collins in September 2017.