Ever wonder what Louisa May Alcott was like as a young girl or what inspired her writing? Was it her father, noted transcendental philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott, the man who cultivated her love for literature and built her the shelf desk where she wrote little women?
Test your imagination and find out what the “real” Louisa was like when she was young and desperate for independence in THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by local author, Kelly O’Connor McNees. In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank, March and The Other Boleyn Girl, comes a story that explores the hopes, dreams and consequences of love for young Louisa. In THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (Berkley Trade Paperback; May 3, 2011; 978-0-425-24083), Kelly O’Connor McNees draws inspiration from Alcott’s own letters and journals to imagine the summer of 1855, when Louisa was just 22 years old. Because Alcott burned her own letters and blacked out parts of her diary, McNees re-imagines this lost chapter in Louisa’s life, narrating a dramatic turning point. Louisa’s dream to become a writer is compromised by her relationship to Joseph Singer and their love carries a steep price.
Now you have two chances to see Kelly! On May 12th, Kelly will be doing a joint reading at The Book Stall with author Christine Sneed (Portraits Of a Few People I’ve Made Cry) and on May 18th, Kelly will be having a book signing and discussion at The Book Cellar! It would be great if you could cover the events or post the event listings. The information is as follows:
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 6:30 Pm
Bookstore: The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
Location: 811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Chicago, IL 60625
Location: 4736 N Lincoln Ave