Set in Victorian England, Gaskell's gothic masterpiece weaves the tale of a lonely old woman whose curse upon the murderer of her cherished dog unleashes unintended consequences. The impulse of revenge is turned to contrition after the discovery of an unexpected connection between her and the accursed. Through Ireland to Yorkshire and finally London, a young lawyer discovers a beautiful young woman mysteriously followed by her own demonic doppelganger, and sets out to learn if the curse can be broken.
Elizabeth Gaskell, 1810-1865, produced no less than 46 written works during her lifetime, including novels, short stories, and non-fiction. She set a new precedent for Victorian women by succeeding as a writer, mother, and wife. Some of her more famous works are North and South and Cranford.
There's maximum drama and twists packed into the narrative, and it's pleasantly creepy in a cozy, midwinter way. - The Paris Review
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