Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Louisa is raised by a wealthy, influential father, Thomas Gradgrind. Gradgrind considers flowers on carpets superficial and children play a waste of time. Louisa grows up disillusioned about emotions and reality. Later, an arranged marriage leaves her completely lost in an effort to discover what really matters in life.
A reality check for many readers.
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