March: A Novel (Paperback)

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March by Geraldine Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize.  Brooks uses the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott’s father to craft the personality of Mr. March, the father in Alcott’s endearing book, Little Women.  Alcott’s father did not fight in the Civil War, but he did lead a remarkable life, a committed vegetarian, and educator, friends with Thoreau and Emerson, his journals provide Mr. March with a very interesting character.  To fill in the Civil War details, Brooks used the journals and letters of a chaplain’s experiences.  Mr. March leaves Concord full of high ideals, going off to war to minister to the spiritual needs of the troops and help free slaves.  He soon comes face to face with the bloody, harsh reality of armed battle. His fellow Union troops are, for the most part, not champions of the rights of the black man, but young men fighting and dying in a conflict they do not fully understand.  Brooks is a superb author; she is fully able to convey the horror of war. 


— Deon Stonehouse


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord.

From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd). With "pitch-perfect writing" (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction.

About the Author

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders; and, most recently, The Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

Praise For…

"Brilliant...Geraldine Brooks' new novel, March, is a very great book....Brooks has magnificently wielded the novelist's license."—Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune

"A beautifully wrought story....Gripping....A taut plot, vivid characters and provocative issues."—Heller McAlpin, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Honorable, elegant and true."—John Freeman, The Wall Street Journal

"Harrowing and moving...In her previous book, Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks proved herself to be a wonderful novelist. March has all the same virtues...casting a spell that lasts much longer than the reading of it."—Karen Joy Fowler, The Washington Post World

"Wholly original...deeply engaging."—Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor

"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased."—The Economist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143036661
ISBN-10: 0143036661
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English