Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. It was an immediate commercial and critical success. Little Women was a novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Its main themes are domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine’s individual identity.