Here’s a book deal many of you will like: Debut novelist Gabrielle Donnelly has sold a book called The Secret Lives of Sisters, which is inspired by Little Women and the descendants of Jo March.
Here’s more from Publisher’s Marketplace: “When one sister is at a crossroads in her life, she finds her great grandmother Jo’s letters to Meg, Beth and Amy, and discovers Jo’s secrets may hold the key to finding her own way in life.”
Touchstone Firestone will publish the book in summer 2011.
Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, bought the book rights back in early 2009. British publishing news site Bookseller.com reported on the plot:
Donnelly explores the issues facing “20-something women of the 21st century” by tracing the lives of the grand-daughters of Jo March, one of the key protagonists in Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women.
Financial worries, career crises and relationship difficulties are contemplated by three sisters Joss, Sophie and Lulu, who discover their grandmother’s letters in an attic. [Commissioning editor] Newhouse said Donnelly “stays faithful to the spirit of Little Women“.
Sounds like a good fit for fans of The Jane Austen Book Club or The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. (Also, Alcott sure seems to be in vogue; it’s been less than a year since Harriet Reisen’s Alcott bio and accompanying PBS special.)
Does The Secret Lives of Sisters sound like something you would like?