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Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell (Paperback)

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Set in the watchful society of Hollingford, this is a warm tale of love and longing. Their peaceful close-knit home is turned upside down when Molly's father decides to remarry. Whilst Molly struggles to adjust to her snobbish stepmother, she forms a close relationship with her glamorous new stepsister Cynthia.

Product Details

Barcode
9780099540724
Department
Books
Released
4 Oct 2010
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Vintage
Language
English
Number of Pages
656
Dimensions
197 x 130 x 34mm (434g)

Annotation

Molly Gibson is the spirited, loyal daughter of the local doctor. Their peaceful close-knit home is turned upside down when Molly's father decides to remarry. Whilst Molly struggles to adjust to her snobbish stepmother, she forms a close relationship with her glamorous new stepsister Cynthia. But the strength of this friendship is soon tested.

Summary

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.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Domestic fiction
Library Subject 2
Stepfamilies
Library Subject 3
England
Dewey Classification
823.8
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

Elizabeth Gaskell was born on 29 September 1810 in London. She was brought up in Knutsford, Cheshire by her aunt after her mother died when she was two years old. In 1832 she married William Gaskell, who was a Unitarian minister like her father. After their marriage they lived in Manchester with their children. Elizabeth Gaskell published her first novel, Mary Barton, in 1848 to great success. She went on to publish much of her work in Charles Dickens's magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round. Along with short stories and a biography of Charlotte Bronte, she published five more novels including North and South (1855) and Wives and Daughters (1866). Wives and Daughters is unfinished as Elizabeth Gaskell died suddenly of heart failure on 12 November 1865.