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By Charlotte Bronte, Helen M. Cooper (Editor), Helen M. Cooper (Introduction by), Helen M. Cooper (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140434798
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Classics - December 28th, 2004

Every summer, I tackle a classic that's been on my shelf for too long. This year, it was Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Similar to Jane Eyre, the protagonist Lucy Snowe has no fortune. But rather than become a governess, Lucy travels to the fictional town of Villette to take up a post as an English teacher. Charlotte Bronte taught English abroad and Villette is widely considered her most autobiographical work. While slow to start, this book left me wanting more. Bronte writes about a complex woman trying to navigate depression and loneliness in an oppressive social framework. By the end, I felt like I knew Lucy and it was hard to pull myself out of her world.