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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story 'filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man' (Sue Monk Kidd). With 'pitch-perfect writing' (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction. From the Trade Paperback edition.



  • I have a confession to make: I'm a huge fan of Geraldine Brooks. Her books are always extensively researched, but she seamlessly weaves the information into the story, ensuring that it doesn't overshadow the emotional journey. The writing itself is so effortless that the words simply float onto the page. When it comes to the audiobook version of "March," I believe Richard Easton was an excellent choice. His voice perfectly suited the character, and I could easily envision him as the father of the March family that I've come to know so well. Interestingly, I had already read the novel before listening to it, a fact I had forgotten before downloading it. However, this didn't diminish my listening experience in any way. I had the option to switch to another selection, but it was Easton's personal touch that kept me engaged. His portrayal of the character was even more powerful than what I had imagined while reading the print version. In my opinion, it's part of Ms. Brooks' brilliance to have told the story from the perspective of the father, who is both distant and yet central to the lives of the characters in "Little Women." Through this narrative, we are given a firsthand account of the war, delving into the brutal realities of racism and slavery. We witness the growth of this man as he develops his life philosophy, spirituality, courage, and even his flaws. "March" is a novel that beautifully complements another American classic, offering a more complete portrayal of the family that holds such significance in our history.
  • I cannot stress enough how much I recommend this book. The story is incredibly well-researched and I believe that anyone who enjoyed reading "Little Women" should definitely give this book a try.
  • The writing in "March" is fantastic (and the research is top-notch) and the narration is incredibly engaging. I've always been meaning to read "Little Women" but never got around to it, and now I'm even more curious. The author's exploration of the humanity of the main characters and their motivations really struck a chord with me.
  • The dialogue and prose in 'March' are truly spectacular. The way the story unfolds and showcases the heroism of the characters takes listeners on a gripping journey through the unimaginable horrors of slavery and the war, ultimately leading to a triumphant conclusion.
  • I wouldn't suggest picking up this book, even though it might have been more enjoyable with a different narrator. In today's age, it doesn't seem fitting for a white woman to write about white individuals attempting to rescue Black individuals and receive a Pulitzer for it. It comes across more like fan fiction, filled with uninteresting monologues and cringe-worthy portrayals of Black speech patterns.
  • Being a girl, I really tried to enjoy Little Women for my mom's sake. I even received a set of dolls as a Christmas gift, featuring Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth. I attempted to cherish them like my mom did, but I couldn't. The book was just too saccharine and overly nice. March, on the other hand, took a complete 180-degree turn. This character had nothing "nice" about him. He was somewhat pitiful in his constant shortcomings. He came close to being relatable, but seemed to lack the ability to break free from his academic, hopelessly idealistic dream world. Not even the intriguing character of Grace or his beleaguered wife Marmee (what an awful name!!!) could penetrate his shell. I must say, the narrator captured the perfect tone for March. While reciting the occasionally flowery phrases, he revealed the flaws that haunted him. Although not my favorite book, I'm glad I persevered. I enjoyed the author's afterword, where it turned out she shared my sentiments about Little Women. I'm grateful to her for introducing us to March, as it improved my overall reaction to the entire story.
  • 'March' serves as the prequel to 'Little Women', shedding light on the roots of the beloved story. It delves into the captivating history of the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, and follows the journey of the idealistic father of the Little Women as he embarks on a mission to fight in the war. While the book lacked moments of joy, it offered a compelling glimpse into the historical events of the time.
  • I thought this book was pretty good, with a solid narration. The story progresses at a leisurely pace, but it provides detailed and lively portrayals of life before and during the civil war. The concept of incorporating a few incidents from Little Women as the foundation is clever and skillfully implemented.
  • I am so glad for listening to this book. What I learned in history class about the civil war (in a yankee class) was that the north was good and driven by morality whereas the south bad and driven by financial concerns , stupidity and cruelty. Obviously this is a skewed picture driven by a prejudice special to the north , a kind of haughty scrupulousness. But I digress. Forget whether or not you like or don't like or haven't read little women as the determining factor for whether u will like this book. Because it emerges from scholarship, poetics, spiritual inspiration and insight into the state of literature, philosophy and politics of the time. This is rich and complex slice of one man' s experience of war. If you want insight into shattering impact war can have on a person read this and in this respect the book is also modern.
  • "March" is a very well wriiten book. The author has a gift for utilizing rich language and this skill and the quality of this book will insure that this work will be enjoyed for years to come.
  • Both harrowing and sometimes heartbreaking, March proves to be a action-packed, dutifully descriptive account of Louisa May Alcott's Mr. March during the Civil War. I was impressed by the well-researched attention to detail of a time when southern ex-slaves were under Union occupation. The narrator, Richard Easton, has the perfect voice - rich and dramatic - to tell the tale. A satisfying listen.