Little Women is a novel written by Louisa May Alcott. The story is about the fictional March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They call their mother Marmee. The story is set during the American Civil War. Their father is serving as a chaplain in the Union Army. Each sister has a flaw. Amy is selfish, Beth is shy, Meg is vain, and Jo is outspoken and tomboy-ish. Their best friend is Laurie, the boy next door. Alcott drew on her own childhood experiences with her three sisters. They lived in Concord, Massachusetts at Orchard House.
The novel was originally published in two parts. Part one was called "Little Women". It was published in 1868. Part two was called "Good Wives". Part two followed the girls as they grew up and married. It was published in 1869. Both parts were very successful. They were first published as one volume in 1880. The novel was followed by two sequels: Little Men and Jo's Boys. The novel has been adapted to movies several times. Katherine Hepburn and June Allyson have both played Jo in the movies.