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. Download and start listening now!