From the pen of Louisa May Alcott comes a tale of one girl's transformation in nineteenth-century Boston. Rose Campbell may be an orphan, but she has no shortage of family. There are six aunts, seven cousins, and an uncle — Uncle Alex, who has strange notions about the proper way to raise children. After years of boarding school and being ladylike, Rose finds that living at "Aunt Hill," playing with rowdy boys, getting fresh air, and eating good food have a surprising effect. Rose learns the true meaning of good fortune from the poverty-laced background of Aunts' young housemaid Phebe.
Eight Cousins provides an enjoyable story as well as an intriguing glimpse at Alcott's views on women, which were radical for her time.