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The Old Wives' Tale

The Old Wives' Tale

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The Old Wives' Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their stories from their youth, working in their mother's draper's shop, into old age. It is generally regarded as one of Bennett's finest works. It covers a period of about 70 years from roughly 1840 to 1905, and is set in Burslem and Paris.
Bennett was initially inspired to write the book by a chance encounter in a Parisian restaurant.
Excerpt from Wikipedia, ‘The Old Wives’ Tale’