Posted on September 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bethany C. Morrow's latest book takes place in 1863, but to her dismay, it didn’t feel all that distant as she wrote it.

Why is that an undesirable feeling?

Because her novel, So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix, takes on the uncomfortable truth about life for Black people then — and now.

So Many Beginnings is not, as Morrow emphasized in a recent interview with NPR, a reimagining of Louisa May Alcott’s tale.

Yes, it follows a woman and her four daughters — named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — during the Civil War era.

But because those women are Black, their challenges and victories are decidedly different from anything that the white Marches encountered.

And Morrow specifically didn't want to shy away from the ugliness of those challenges.

She shared more of the messages she hopes So Many Beginnings will convey to readers of all ages in a Weekend Edition segment.

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