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Summary: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Wolf live on Coldwater, a penal colony off the coast of Australia. Their father, Captain Wolf, who runs the prison, rules the household with the same unyielding sternness he imposes on the inmates. The young women rarely venture beyond their corner of the island and meet no one but the prison guards. Their imaginations, however, know no boundaries, and together the three conjure up complex and magical lands. They vow to become novelists, dreaming of literary fame and of lives far from the harsh desolation of Coldwater. Captain Wolf is working on a masterpiece of his own -- the perfect prison. As governor of the convict island, his theories of prison management have proven remarkably effective: During his tenure, not one prisoner has escaped. The arrival of a convict from famine-stricken Ireland provokes no change in his attitudes or routines -- until one of his daughters becomes obsessed with the handsome young man, and the delicate balance the family has constructed is shaken beyond repair. Describing her novel, Mardi McConnochie writes, "One of the starting points...was my own sense of disappointment and frustration at the narrow and uneventful lives that the Bronte sisters led, and so when I started reimagining them, I took my inspiration from the lives they had imagined for themselves in Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I hope that they would be amused by the lives I've constructed for them", Ric
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