Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly's life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia's love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.
 

About Elizabeth Gaskell

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Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) moved from the London of her childhood to Knutsford, on which the fictional town of Cranford is modelled, and later Manchester. Writer of six novels, numerous shorter works and the biography of her great friend Charlotte Bront , Gaskell was at first published anonymously but later in her own name. Much of her work was serialised in Charles Dickens's widely-read literary weekly, Household Words. Gaskell's other novels Mary Barton, North and South and Wives and Daughters are also published in the Penguin English Library.
 
Published November 19, 1987 by OUP Oxford. 784 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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I liked the way impoverished widow Hyacinth Kirkpatrick (Julia Hills) is shown wolfing down the food Molly can't eat ("shall I eat this jelly for you?") and keeping her auburn hair on show because "the washing of caps is so expensive".

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