Welcome to Table Notes. In these posts, I share the latest “Believe to See” podcasts, along with links to extra resources, and maybe an observation or two. Enjoy!
With the new film getting Oscar buzz, a couple Little Women fans join the table. Anselm author Emmy Houk and Lauren Capps explain what makes Little Women so special, and why the latest film was such a success.
The full episode:
Highlight: Lauren explains why the Amy from the 1990s movie was so awful.
During the episode, we mentioned a biography about Louisa May Alcott. Here’s a link to that biography, which discusses her relationship with her mother.
There’s a 2006 novel by Geraldine Brooks called March. It tells the story of John March (the dad in Little Women) when he’s away at war. Mr. March is a dreamy idealist who goes off to war with the high-minded purpose of abolishing slavery once and for all. What he finds instead is the brutal reality of war, and a shameful past he can’t seem to escape—despite the brave-faced letters he writes home to his girls.
I want to make this clear: I really like this novel. But if you have a deep attachment to Little Women, there’s a chance you’ll hate it. Without giving spoilers, a lot of Mr. March’s decisions will…not endear him to readers. But then again, if you love Little Women, but always thought Mr. March was weird, you might enjoy it. 🤷🏼♂️