Louisa May Alcott
Around 400 pages
I resent this novel, mostly because the plot did not go the way I wanted it to. Yes, I realize that I am pouting. But let me throw my tantrum; it has been a rough week.
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters. Meg is a beauty who I suppose represents the domestic feminine ideal. Jo is an aspiring writer and attracts the attentions of the next door neighbor, Laurie. Beth is nauseatingly sweet and "good". And Amy. Well, Amy is kind of a bitch. If you want a sappier synopsis, check out the trailer for the 1992 film at the bottom of the page.
My main grievances with this novel cannot be revealed without major spoilers, so I will refrain. This is an important novel, though, since it at least suggests that a woman can have an identity outside of marriage and love.
So a little on the sappy side and it makes The Pickwick Papers sound like a much better novel than it actually was. Still, worthy of its place on The List.
There are two sequels: "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys". I have read both; neither are that remarkable.
Considered a strong contribution to the feminist canon.