MARY BARTON is the first novel published by Elizabeth Gaskell. Set in Manchester in the mid-19th century, the novel follows the lives of several working-class British families and the trials and tribulations they face at the lower end of the socio-economic scale.
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I loved this book. It's a story that grabs you and you hope it never ends. If you love Jane Austen, you'll love this. This is the first Gaskell book I've read, but plan to read them all. I was crying at the end.