Great or Nothing

(co-authored with Caroline Tung Richmond, Jessica Spotswood, Tess Sharpe)


Delacorte/Penguin Random House

Available in hardback, e-book, and audio

A reimagining of Little Women set in 1942, when the United States is suddenly embroiled in the second World War, this story, told from each March sister’s point of view, is one of grief, love, and self-discovery.

In the fall of 1942, the United States is still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the US starts sending troops to the front, the March family of Concord, Massachusetts grieves their own enormous loss: the death of their daughter, Beth.

Under the strain of their grief, Beth’s remaining sisters fracture, each going their own way with Jo nursing her wounds and building planes in Connecticut, Meg holding down the home front with Marmee, and Amy living a secret life as a Red Cross volunteer in London–the same city where one Mr. Theodore Laurence is stationed as an army pilot.

Each March sister’s point of view is written by a separate author, three in prose and Beth’s in verse, still holding the family together from beyond the grave. Woven together, these threads tell a story of finding one’s way in a world undergoing catastrophic change.

Poignant, clever, and heartfelt, this story pulls at the complicated tapestry that is family, and finds certain bonds are unbreakable.”– Stacey Lee, NYT bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick, The Downstairs Girl

“Fans of Little Women–and of WWII narratives–will devour this inventive and touching exploration of possibilities for the world’s most beloved siblings.”–L.M. Elliott, author of Under a War-torn Sky and Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship

“The WWII Little Women retelling that made me cry the whole way through . . . I will be shoving Great or Nothing in everyone’s face when it comes out . . .  I am obsessed.”–Books Before Boys

A must-read for Louisa May Alcott fans and anyone who believes in the power of sisterhood.”–Booklist

“Gives these much-loved sisters new energy and a satisfying sense of agency.”–PW

“Readers will feel unique connections to each sister and their motivations, heartbreaks and joys. This is a compelling and tender historical coming-of-age novel with wide appeal.“–BookPage