Belittled Women

Jo Porter has had enough Little Women to last a lifetime. As if being named after the sappiest family in literature wasn’t sufficiently humiliating, Jo’s mom, ahem Marmee, leveled up her Alcott obsession by turning their rambling old house into a sad-sack tourist attraction. Now Jo, along with siblings Meg and Bethamy (yes, that’s two March sisters in one), spends all summer acting out sentimental moments at Little Women Live!, where she can feel her soul slowly dying.

So when a famed photojournalist arrives to document the show, Jo seizes on the glimpse of another life: artsy, worldly, and fast-paced. It doesn’t hurt that the reporter’s teenage son is also eager to get up close and personal with Jo—to the annoyance of her best friend, aka the boy next door (who is definitely not called Laurie). All Jo wants is for someone to see the person behind the prickliness and pinafores. But when she gets a little too real about her frustration with the family biz, Jo will have to make peace with kitsch and kin before their livelihood suffers a fate worse than Beth.

Reviews

"The characters’ snappy repartee is both biting and affectionate, and the premise’s cheeky inventiveness—a remix within a remix that both enacts and interrogates the source material—buoys this playful jaunt."

Publishers Weekly

"This lived-in take on Little Women explores the tribulations of sisterhood trapped within the confines of a classic novel while offering a mix of teen angst, love triangles, and Alcott quotes galore."

Booklist

"I found the story itself wildly entertaining and packed with fun.... I think fans of Emma Mills or Emma Lord will enjoy this one."

The Story Sanctuary

"Belittled Women perfectly captures the disorienting maze that is coming of age. Expect hilarity on nearly every page, with room still for tender moments—also featuring a love triangle and crushing expectations! Whether you love Little Women or you love a great book, this one’s for you."

Mary, bookseller at Raven Bookstore

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