“There are fates more terrible than death; weapons more keen than poniards, more noiseless than pistols. Women use such, and work out a subtler vengeance than men can conceive.” – Louisa May Alcott, Pauline’s Passion and Punishment
Hmm, doesn’t sound like your typical Alcott quote, does it? Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is, of course, best known for her beloved classic Little Women, which chronicles the lives of four sisters as they traverse the boundary from childhood to womanhood. (And it’s certainly beloved – Alcott’s home, where Little Women was written and set, is even on Twitter!)
So imagine our surprise when we began traversing her short stories, many of which were published under pseudonyms such as A.M. Barnard, and found tales of revenge, murder, wily women, and drugged sweets. Downpour.com put it best: this collection represents the best of Alcott’s adult oeuvre. The stories in this volume display dramatic intensity and thrilling, suspenseful plots that show Alcott to be a complex and passionate writer. Listeners will discover within this maelstrom of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can still conquer all.