To think that I discovered this book because of a mistake in a Listener crossword recently! I have been intending to read Little Women again for quite some time to see whether or not I should give it to my granddaughter to read. One's tastes and the appeal of writing styles change in perspective over the years. I now have a view of a Louisa May Alcott I had never thought about even though I realized she had connections with the Civil War in America. Susan Cheever comes from a literary family. This book is fascinating and full of information. Not easy to read because of her discursive style but a worthy contribution from her 21st century view point to the biographical information on Louisa May Alcott and her family..