Virginia Kantra | Fiction 2020
I did some research and found the largest bookstore in the Miami airport, Books & Books. They didn’t have either of two upcoming book club reads, so I had to punt. I settled on this fun read, Meg & Jo. Yes, it is a modern-day version of two of the Little Women. It was fun to read, and Kantra provides more depth of characters than I was expecting. This is about sisters Meg and Jo, in their late 20’s, navigating careers, relationships, and, of course, family.
I was glad I saw the movie Little Women over the holidays, or I would have missed ALL of the call-backs to the original book by Louisa May Alcott. For example, here’s one I caught. In Kundra’s version, instead of Amy burning Jo’s manuscript, she deletes a letter Jo is working on. Modern twists and turns imbue this novel with a sense of realism and relevance.
The further I read, the more I appreciated how the author developed real characters for Meg and Jo. Depth, intimacy, personality, sadness, introspection, and a lot of humor. While it is not the East of Eden of 2020, I recommend Meg & Jo if you want a read that will entertain you, while you gaze outside at the snowy streets. And I will keep my eyes open for her next novel, Beth & Amy (the other two sisters).