So Many Beginnings : A Little Women Remix
by Morrow, Bethany C.






At the Freedman's Colony of Roanoke Island, a haven for the recently emancipated, the four March sisters-Meg, Joanna, Bethlehem, and Amethyst-come into their own as independent young Black women together facing love, sickness, heartbreak, and new horizons.





Bethany C. Morrow is a national bestselling author. Her young adult novels include A Song Below Water, A Chorus Rises, and the Little Women remix, So Many Beginnings, and she is editor/contributor to the young adult anthology Take The Mic, which won the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award. Her adult novels include Mem, and the forthcoming social horror, Cherish Farrah. Her work has been featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY's list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read.





*Starred Review* It's 1863, and though the war between the Union and the Confederacy rages on, there is a distinct peace the March sisters hold in the knowledge that they are on the other side of the old life, of slavery. In this reimagining of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Morrow invites readers into the lives of four emancipated sisters living in the freedpeoples' colony of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Meg's ultimate desire is a family of her own; Jo gives voice to the newly emancipated through her powerful, opinionated writing; Beth uses her extraordinary seamstress skills to make beauty from painful relics of the past; and Amy masters dance styles once considered off-limits to Black people. Together, they wonder, is freedom something to be simply declared? Or is it a mindset to be learned and practiced? While readers will recognize shades of the original text, Morrow's exploration of notions of freedom, voice, and worthiness becomes far more powerful when enmeshed with the experiences of being Black, a woman, and formerly enslaved. The lyrical air of joy in the sisters' relationships is also heightened by the uniqueness of their journeys and the support they give one another along the way. Morrow's ability to take the lingering stain of slavery on American history and use it as a catalyst for unbreakable love and resilience is flawless. That she has remixed a canonical text to do so only further illuminates the need to critically question who holds the pen in telling our nation's story. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.






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