That being stated, I was everso tempted by this "Little Women EXPOSED" approach. As Geraldine Brooks (its author) was told by her grandma: "Nobody in real life is such a goody-goody as that Marme." And I'm sure I knew all along that Mr. March, the elusive father with his cookie-cutter sentiments, must have actually been witnessing some juicy stuff during his year-long sabattical from home life.
It was a fascinating read and is making my current re-reading of Little Women much more interesting. I must say that the slavery issue, with which this book dealt closely, has always been horrific and nauseating but has never felt so intimate. It left me feeling incredibly vulnerable. I will need to brace myself as such issues can no longer be studied objectively.
It was good. Besides, it won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.