Wives and Daughters (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
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Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, a tender story of parents, children and step-children, mistakes, and secrets, is considered her masterpiece
Set in the watchful, gossiping society of Hollingford, this warm tale of love and longing centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, the spirited, loyal daughter of the local doctor. Their peaceful, close-knit home is turned upside down when he decides to remarry. While Molly struggles to adjust to her snobbish stepmother, she forms a close relationship with her glamorous new stepsister Cynthia. The strength of this friendship is soon tested as their lives become entwined with Squire Hamley and his two sons. Far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life, this novel offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society.
About the Author
Along with short stories and a biography of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) published several novels including The Cranford Chronicles and Mary Barton.
"My dear Scheherazade . . . I am sure your powers of narrative can never be exhausted in a single night, but must be good for at least a thousand nights and one." —Charles Dickens
"Her stories are wonderfully funny, but the ridiculous is bathed in a poignant, dreamlike mood found nowhere else in fiction, and profound ideas and strong values sleep beneath everyday details of bonnets and cakes." —Jenny Uglow, author, The Lunar Men