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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Feb 15, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2006

Excellent. A young woman copes with the loss of her established routine of life with her widowed father. He remarries and the ensuing changes around her give rise to some predictable difficulties. She also gains a step-sister, who provides a direct contrast to the heroine- yet, she's so skillfully created, that sympathy towards her is still possible (considering her upbringing). I like the way this young woman's understanding of the people around her evolves. She moves from a very black and white perspective to a more mature understanding of the complexities of the relationships around her.
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