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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,506 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine Brooks Narrator: Richard Easto Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. To evoke him, Brooks turned to the journals and letters of Bronson Alcott, Louisa May's father, a friend and confidant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through.

Spanning the vibrant intellectual world of Concord and the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's tale to portray the moral complexity of war, and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism, and by a dangerous and illicit attraction. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks' place as an internationally renowned author of historical fiction.                            

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully wrought story…Gripping…A taut plot, vivid characters, and provocative issues.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “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.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Honorable, elegant, and true.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Brilliant…Geraldine Brooks’ new novel, March, is a very great book…Brooks has magnificently wielded the novelist’s license.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Wholly original…Deeply engaging.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Inspired…A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased.”


  • Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet Meissner | 2/15/2014

    " The link to Little Women was not a draw for me. But I knew Brooks would write a good story. Here is an aspect of the Civil War that I haven't seen treated before: the experiment of running a plantation with freed slaves while the war was still being fought. The details of the fighting and suffering made the story very believable, and I was touched by the humanity built into the story, though March made a hapless hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoy historical fiction and think the author pulled it out at the end, but many fans of "Little Women" are going to have trouble, as I did at first, with this portrayal of Marmee's husband. We know very little about Mr. March. Here the man is made real, with all the foibles that men seem to have. The author has based much of Mr March on Louisa May Alcott's father, A. Bronson Alcott. Evidently there is much to read and learn about Mr Alcott, he has his own papers and several books were written about him. Since "Little Women" was based on Louisa Alcott's own life, it makea sense that the book about Mr. March should be based on Ms. Alcott's own father. As with all historical fiction there is no way to portray the day to day life and conversations other than to make them up. Altho Ms. Brooks may have gone too far for many Alcott fans, I think she got it pretty close to right. I really did not care for the affair, but the rest of the book seems to have the voice we want to hear, the one that says there were some good, honest abolitionists and they were more than dedicated to their cause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/8/2014

    " March is very well written, but extremely difficult to read in places, so I can't say I "enjoyed" it. Scenes of war and torture sicken me and I found myself having to skim some of the detailed descriptions of it. I'm also deducting points for sloppy editing, not only typos but historical inaccuracies. I can understand an author having to adjust some time frames for the sake of a fictional story, but to make reference to the April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord as taking place in 1776 is absolutely inexcusable. Sorry, Geraldine, you lose points for this breach! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/3/2014

    " After reading Brooks' People of the Book, I was expecting great things from this book. The writing was superb, but I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters. I've never liked books of "war", so my bias may have played in my reading. Regardless, I am glad I have read another of Brooks' books and I look forward to the next one. "

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