Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, takes place during the Civil War and focuses on the March family living in Concord, Massachusetts. Their father is away with the Union Army, leaving a wife and four daughters to fend for themselves. The four girls have very distinct personalities: Meg is proper, Jo is boyish, Beth shy and Amy bratty. Because of this, it is easy to identify with at least one of the sisters, allowing you to feel their pains and joys. The March family used to be rich but is now poor with each member simply trying to make their way in the world and figure out who they are. They befriend their wealthy neighbors, Mr. Laurence and his grandson nicknamed "Laurie", which only leads to further adventures and mishaps. Through thick and thin, sickness, anger, vanity and selfishness, the March girls fumble through life and grow up with smiles (most of the time) and fun, making Little Women an intelligent, entertaining read.