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Sophie and the Sybil

by Patricia Duncker

Playful and literary, this neo-Victorian rom-com delivers more than meets the eye. Enjoy decoding the references and discovering the multiple levels of a story about a young bride-to-be and George Eliot.

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Some say the Sibyl was fragile, insecure, lacking in confidence and self-esteem. But do frail and timid women decide to be atheists, challenge their fathers, refuse to go to church, educate themselves to an astonishingly high degree, run off to London, live abroad on their own, fling themselves at married men, beguile women too, and clearly enjoy doing so, edit distinguished literary journals, learn Hebrew, write fiction that will live forever as long as we remember how to read, become rich and famous, and think for themselves?

Parallels

The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
 

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