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The Odd Women (Norton Library)

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Five odd women--women without husbands--are the subject of this powerful novel, set in Victorian London, by a writer whose perceptions about people, particularly women, would be remarkable in any age and are extraordinary in the 1890s. The story concerns the choices that five different women have to make and what those choices imply about men's and women's status in society and relationship to each other. Alice and Virginia Madden, suddenly left adrift by the death of their improvident father, must take grinding and humiliating "genteel" work. Terrified of sharing their fate, their younger sister Monica accepts a proposal of marriage from a man who gives her financial security but makes her life wretched. Interwoven with their fortunes are Mary Barfoot and Rhoda Nunn, who are dedicating their lives to training young women in skills they can use to support themselves. Their broader aim is to help free both sexes from whatever distorts or depletes their humanity--including, if necessary, marriage. Into their lives comes Mary's forceful and engaging cousin, Everard Barfoot, and as he and Rhoda become locked in an increasingly significant and passionate struggle, Rhoda finds out through the refining fire what "love" sometimes means and what it means to be true to herself.

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"[Gissing] achieved one of the very few novels in English that can be compared with those of the French naturalists who were his contemporaries." --Walter Allen,

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393006100
Author:
Gissing, George
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
England Social life and customs 19th century Fiction.
Subject:
Single women -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Subject:
Middle class women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Norton Library
Publication Date:
19710931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22x5.49x.91 in. .81 lbs.

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