Louisa May Alcott, known as “the children’s friend,” and beloved author of Little Women, was also the author of much more lurid and gothic fiction. Written anonymously or pseudonymously, these tales contained femme fatales, prophetic ghosts, vengeful women, and unlikely heroines.
Art history students and others who have read Giorgio Vasari’s classic 16th century Lives of the Artists will be amused by this modern version which delves into the wide-ranging personalities of ten contemporary artists.
An all-important element in the "Southern style" of writing about the grotesque is the humor which suffuses virtually all the dialogue and action and description in the story. Who's There? is as much a comedy as it is a novel about the grotesque.
The climax of the story is a powerful moral dilemma which confronts Mara and her response to it with a wisdom beyond her years. This is a very interesting story, which is not quite like anything else I have ever read. Like all well-written books for children, an adult can enjoy them and be edified by them even more.
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