Incredibly Touching and Relevant

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As with the original, this retelling focuses on the lives of the four March sisters, all represented and translated with beloved care. Each sister has a voice and a strong character and none fall to the back burner. The March sisters each bring a unique perspective the the story and you can’t help but love every single one of them.

Set during, and shortly after, the Civil War and told through eyes of the newly emancipated citizens of the Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony, this retelling is incredibly timely. From government sanctioned abuse of the Black community to the white savior complex, the themes of this story are incredibly relevant in today’s society. This may be a historical retelling, but as a reader you can’t help but feel that it could easily be written about modern times (that is, if you actually watch the news and you’re not a disgusting racist). This is a Black story written by a Black woman that should be read by all people. Especially white people.

The plot of So Many Beginnings hold true enough to Little Women that it can indeed be called a remix, yet has enough creative liberties taken that it feels fresh and new. I must also say I am delighted by a few of the liberties taken in regards to Amy, Lorie, and Jo. I understand the reasonings behind their original plots but I don’t care, Morrow did me a personal favor with redirecting those a bit.

Honestly, I can’t sing this book’s praises enough. I laughed, I cried, and I learned some things. What more could you ask for?