Author(s): Louisa May Alcott
"Eight Cousins" is Louisa May Alcott's classic children's tale first published in 1875. It is the story of Rose Campbell, who is thirteen when her wealthy father dies. Rose has been motherless from a young age and has had very little contact with her extended family when she finds herself orphaned. A pretty and sweet girl she is suddenly in the care of her great-aunts, her father's six brothers, their wives, and her seven male cousins. Rose must learn to find her place as a young lady and heiress in this new and often overwhelming world. "Eight Cousins" is full of the practical, healthy, and wholesome advice and wisdom that readers expect from Alcott and her timeless novels of young girls growing into independent, thoughtful, and respectable ladies. Rose's story is also a touching and heartwarming glimpse of her struggle to overcome the sadness of the loss of her father and the hardship of adapting to a new environment following that loss. "Eight Cousins" is one of Alcott's most loved tales which can be enjoyed by readers both young and old alike. This edition includes a biographical afterword.