Slow Start, Rewarding Journey

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Clear from the beginning of this text is the bond and love between each of the sisters. Morrow takes some time to really ease us into the story—after the initial hook, there is a lot of exposition that sets up the historical and narrative differences between this novel and its inspiration, Little Women. Nevertheless, by about one third in, she hits her stride and the strong women voices folks love about the classic text are present in a way that resonated even more with me as a woman of color and reader interested in engaging with more difficult aspects of our history. I was pulled most to Jo’s narrative and the desire to write about the stories of enslavement—to give voice to the experiences so often ignored. Each sister experiences their own complex coming of age and while the mirror to the classic is always there, Morrow brings an intersectional take on their social and personal struggles. Would recommend to young readers -‘d glad this exists.