Book Title: So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix
Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Retelling, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Romance
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55780561-so-many-beginnings
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.
I was SO impressed by this retelling – keeping it like the classic with a fantastic slow burn, with a focus on something that is such an important part of history. I loved that while it kept the same themes of sisterhood and self discovery while giving us as readers a diverse, much needed point of view and an incredibly real and relatable sstory.
The direction Morrow took in the book was interesting and xx, the March family in this tale has recently been emancipated and I really enjoyed reading this side of the Civil War story. In the classic I felt like the characters were a bit harsh and unlikeable, whereas in this title I really enjoyed the sisters, their relationships and how they were written. And heck, who doesn’t love when a book sneaks in some knowledge you didn’t know, and urges you to go research more about the topic!
I found the writing style refreshing while remaining respectful to the original tale of Little Women, but in a more contemporary voice that kept me interested! Having read Bethany’s A Song Below Water books, I was very excited about this book and was absolutely thrilled to be invited to be a part of the tour with Turn the Page Tours. To see the rest of the tour schedule, head HERE.
Bethany C. Morrow
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.