March is an historical novel set during the American Civil War chronicling the war experiences of the March girls' absent father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The author drew from the journals and diaries of Louisa May Alcott’s father, Bronson, to bring Mr. March to life as an idealistic chaplain in the Union army. The book alternates between his life as a Union army chaplain and his life before the war. As a chaplain, he encounters the cruelty, racism, violence and suffering of both the North and the South. Alternately, we learn of March's earlier life: his whirlwind courtship of high-spirited Marmee (the mother of the “little women”), his friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and his family’s involvement in the Underground Railroad. Mr. March’s last assignment is on a plantation where the recently freed slaves earn wages, until a Confederate attack on the farm lands March in a Washington hospital, sick with fever and guilt. The reader then hears Marmee’s side of the story as the narrative turns to her version of their relationship and her angst over the truth she discovers about her husband’s life. This beautifully written and well-researched novel earned Geraldine Brooks a Pulitzer Prices for fiction in 2006.