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Like watching an insect writhing on a pin
on 21 May 2016
Oh gosh. They don't write women characters like this anymore, thankfully. A super-smart middle-class girl who can outwit fearsome bosses and an overpowering mother but becomes a passive victim when she marries an abusive working-class weakling. Give me strength. Well written (Dickens - granddaughter of Charles - always wrote fluidly) car-crash fiction, and hard to put down, but hideous, like watching an insect writhing on a pin.