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Five odd women—women without husbands—are the subject of this powerful novel, graphically set in Victorian London, by a writer whose perceptions about people, particularly women, would be remarkable in any age and are extraordinary in the 1890's. The story concerns the choices that five different women make or are forced to make, and what those choices imply about men's and women's place in society and relationship to each other.

Alice and Virginia Madden, suddenly left adrift by the death of their improvident father, must take grinding and humiliating "genteel" work. Pretty, vulnerable, and terrified of sharing their fate, their younger sister Monica accepts a proposal of marriage from a man who gives her financial security but drives her to reckless action by his insane jealousy.

Interwoven with their fortunes are Mary Barfoot and Rhoda Nunn, who are dedicating their lives to training young women for independent and useful lives, for emotional as well as economic freedom. Feminine and spirited, they are seeking not to overthrow men but to free both sexes from everything that distorts or depletes their humanity—including, if necessary, marriage. Into their lives comes Mary's engaging and forceful cousin Everard Barfoot, and as he and Rhoda become locked in an increasingly significant and passionate struggle, Rhoda finds out through the refining fire what "love" sometimes means, and what it means to be true to herself.

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36 editions First published in 1893

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The Odd Women
September 15, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women (Large Print Edition)
September 15, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
November 8, 2007, Book Jungle
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
February 1, 2007, Echo Library
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
November 3, 2006, Hard Press
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
November 30, 2005, Dodo Press
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
Paperback in English
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The Odd Women
January 2003, North Books
Hardcover in English
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The Odd Women
January 2003, North Books
Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
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The odd women
2000, Oxford University Press
in English
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The Odd Women (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection) (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection)
January 30, 2000, Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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The odd women
1998, Broadview Press
in English
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The Odd Women (Penguin Classics)
August 1, 1994, Penguin Classics
in English
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The odd women
1993, Penguin Books
in English
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Odd Women
June 1993, Ams Pr Inc
Hardcover in English
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The odd women
1983, New American Library
in English
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The Odd Women
November 1, 1983, Plume
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The Odd Women
November 1, 1983, Plume
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The Odd Women
November 1, 1983, Plume
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The Odd Women
November 1983, New Amer Library (Mm)
Paperback
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Femmes en trop
1982, Presses Universitaires de Lille
in French
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The odd women
1980, Virago
in English
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The odd women
1977, Norton
in English
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The odd women.
1971, Norton
in English
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The odd women.
1969, AMS Press
in English
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The odd women
1968, Blond
in English
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The odd women.
1968, Anthony Blond
in English
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The odd women.
1968, Stein and Day
in English
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The odd women.
1915, Sidgwick and Jackson
in English
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The odd women
1915, Sidgwick & Jackson
in English
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The odd women
1911, Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd.
in English
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The odd women.
1894, Lawrence & Bullen
in English - New ed.
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The odd women
1893, Lawrence & Bullen
Microform in English
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The odd women
1893, Macmillan
in English
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The Odd women.
Publish date unknown, Thomas Nelson and Sons.
in English

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