The Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Geraldine Brooks,
March was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for literature. It is truly deserving. The novel is engaging as a story, on an historical level, and as a continuation of a well-loved favorite. That Ms. Brooks spent a considerable amount of time researching the period and life in the south during the Civil War is apparent. Rarely is an important work so entertaining. I highly recommend March.
About Geraldine Brooks: Geraldine Brooks is the Australian-American author of four novels. Born and raised in Sydney, she graduated from Columbia University and worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Virginia with her husband, Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horowitz, and their son.
Discussion Questions for March
- The causes of the Civil War are many. How are these issues illustrated in the novel?
- Mr. March's relationships with Grace and Marmee are pivotal in his life. Discuss the difference in the two relationships and what Mr. March learned from each.
- Communication seems to have been a problem between Mr. and Mrs. March. Cite examples of this difference in expectation and reality.
- Mr. March left for the war with an idealist's point of view. How did his view of the war change during the year he was away.