The Ladies of Missalonghi Author:Colleen McCullough Just b/4 WW1, the place a small town, Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. John Smiths arrival seemed to threaten the Hurlingford Clan. But as much as his arrival seem to threaten them, it came to matter most to the youngest of the three ladies who lived in the house called Missalonghi. Missy Wright's existence stretched drearily in front of... more » her, the future holding no more promise than the past. Like her mother and maiden aunt before her, Missy was another of the Hurlingford clan's man less women-- bullied, pitied, exploited, patronized, utterly unimportant in their scheme of things.
On one level The Ladies of Missalonghi is a classic fairytale, on another it is a wickedly accurate picture of life in a place where men may dominate but women rule.« less