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Charlotte Brontë's plain governess heroine was boring and smug, but she's really not. She's clever, she questions authority, she knows beauty is only skin deep, and she sticks to her guns. She's candid about her feelings, and she is kind to her friends. The crisis of her life comes when she finds her fiancé is already married. She refuses to run away with him, urges him to be kind to the wife he hates, and leaves with nothing and rebuilds her life. No wonder she gets a happy ending at last.
I absolutely love this book. It is a tale of a group of misfits who live in an apartment building and how they interact and help each other out. McCullers wrote this at age 23. I couldn't wait to read it each time I had to put it down and never wanted it to end.