The St. James Literary League meets every third month to explore classic literature from around the world, on a "come-as-you're-interested" basis. Check in to see what the current title is, read the book on your own time, then join the League for a discussion of the book over afternoon tea. Can you think of a more civilized way to acquaint yourself with the literary greats?
Gaskell's best known work is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reappearance of long-lost relatives.