Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, on tour April 2010

Posted By on February 4, 2010

About The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

In her debut novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Kelly O’Connor McNees deftly mixes fact and fiction as she imagines a summer lost to history, carefully purged from Louisa’s letters and journals, a summer that would change the course of Louisa’s writing career—and inspire the story of love and heartbreak between Jo and Teddy “Laurie” Laurence, Jo’s devoted neighbor and kindred spirit.

In the summer of 1855, Walt Whitman’s controversial Leaves of Grass has just been released, and the notion of making a living as a writer is still a far-off dream for Louisa. She is twenty-two years old, vivacious, and bursting with a desire to be free of her family and societal constraints so she can do what she loves the most—write. The Alcott family, destitute, as usual, moves to a generous uncle’s empty house in Walpole, New Hampshire, for the summer. Here, a striking but pensive Louisa meets the fictional Joseph Singer. Louisa is initially unimpressed by Joseph’s charms. But just as Louisa begins to open her heart, she learns that Joseph may not be free to give his away. Their newfound love carries a steep price, and Louisa fears she may pay with the independence she has fought so hard to protect.

About Kelly

Kelly O’Connor McNees is a former editorial assistant and English teacher. Born and raised in Michigan, she has lived in New York, Rhode Island, and Ontario and now resides with her husband in Chicago. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott is her first novel.

Check out Kelly O’Connor McNees’ website here.

Kelly’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Thursday, April 1st: S. Krishna’s Books

Monday, April 5th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food

Tuesday, April 6th: The Tome Traveller

Wednesday, April 7th: Snickollet

Thursday, April 8th: lit*chick

Friday, April 9th: This Dangerous Life

Monday, April 12th: Joyfully Retired

Wednesday, April 14th: Reading Series on Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?

Thursday, April 15th: Devourer of Books

Monday, April 19th: Book-a-rama

Tuesday, April 20th: Becky’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 21st: Lit and Life

Thursday, April 22nd: Life in the Thumb

Monday, April 26th: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness

Tuesday, April 27th: kerrianne

Wednesday, April 28th: Books Like Breathing

Thursday, April 29th: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Friday, April 30th: Mille Fiori Favoriti


One Response to “Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, on tour April 2010”

  1. I would love to be part of this tour.

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