Elise Hooper’s debut novel The Other Alcott conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right. On sale now, it's already gotten a great review from the New York Times, which says, "Her adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800’s, a milieu too little appreciated today.... The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May."
People calls The Other Alcott an "irresistible novel," and you definitely won't want to miss this story of the siblings and the forgotten sister. The world of historical women is perennially fascinating, especially characters who have traditionally been overlooked. But these women always have a story to tell, and Elise Hooper's debut dives right into this unknown world. You can aslo read more about this story in an article Hooper wrote for Literary Hub about writing complex female characters.
The author came to ALA Annual with us this summer to speak on a historical fiction panel, but if you weren't able to learn about this fascinating woman there, run to the nearest library and dive into The Other Alcott.