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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling author Bethany C. Morrow.

North Carolina, 1863. As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedpeople'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. 

©2021 Bethany C. Morrow (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (Booklist, starred review)

"Morrow's nuanced take on what life was like for newly freed Black people at this time will prompt readers to reconsider the simplistic good vs. evil, North vs. South mythologies that characterize too many Civil War narratives.... Alcott fans and newcomers alike will find much to appreciate in Morrow's sophisticated remix." (BookPage, starred review)

"Impressive.... Via delicately written characterizations, each March woman exemplifies the notion that the wounds of bondage don’t disappear simply because freedom is at hand, and the racist catalyst of enslavement doesn’t disappear with the stroke of a pen, as a beloved story gains new meaning through the lens of enduring Black resilience, love, and hope." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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Very well written!

Love the personal stories told on layers of history. Has the style of the story it is modeled after while telling a meaningful history of the time.