Wide Sargasso Sea

By Jean Rhys

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Publish Date: 1966

The novel tells the story of Antoinette Mason, the woman known as Bertha in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, from her childhood to her arranged marriage to Mr. Rochester, an English gentleman who will turn out to be abusive and cruel. Struggling with her mental health and trapped in a loveless marriage, Antoinette finds herself confined to the attic of her husband’s mansion, where she precipitates in a state of madness leading to dramatic consequences.