One of her top ten books about women, as told to the Guardian:
Little WomenLearn about another entry on the list.
Louisa May Alcott 1868
Don’t let the bonnets fool you. This classic about four sisters is a savage black comedy disguised as a pinafore fancy. The author brutally debunks the notion that feminine submission and integrity will be rewarded: good sister Beth dies, housewifey sister Meg goes all Feminine Mystique with drudgery and boredom, bimbo Amy winds up with himbo Laurie, and writer Jo has to flog her own hair to a wigmaker and marry some weird random Svengali type to survive. Women can’t have it all – or, indeed, anything – Alcott hints slyly, under all the cuteness.
Little Women also appears among Katherine Rundell's top ten descriptions of food in fiction, Gwyneth Rees's ten top books about siblings, Maya Angelou's 6 favorite books, Tim Lewis's ten best Christmas lunches in literature, and on the Observer's list of the ten best fictional mothers, Eleanor Birne's top ten list of books on motherhood, Erin Blakemore's list of five gutsy heroines to channel on an off day, Kate Saunders' critic's chart of mothers and daughters in literature, and Zoë Heller's list of five memorable portraits of sisters. It is a book that disappointed Geraldine Brooks on re-reading.