Pubblicato in Italia con il titolo Cranford. Le abitudini, letture, e avventure di un gruppo di donne nel villaggio femminile di Cranford.

First published in episodes from December 1851 in Charles Dickens’ magazine Household Words, Cranford narrates the adventures, or lack thereof, of a group of women in a fictional town in the English countryside.

The town of Cranford is in possession of Amazons, women mostly unmarried. Men either run away in fear or are away at work. The story is narrated by Mary Smith, the daughter of a businessman in the fictional town of Brumble, who occasionally visits Cranford and recounts the adventures of a group of ladies, initially led by the tenacious Miss Jenkins, as they gossip, go to weddings and funerals, and help each other in the moments of need.

Well-written, entertaining, and satirical, Cranford kept me quite engrossed with its chapters that read like short-stories and its cast of unique characters.