Author(s): Thomas Hardy
"A tale of true tragedy -- a man of potential brought down by his own fatal flaw -- wonderfully vivid and strong." --Joanna Trollope
The Mayor of Casterbridge is a man haunted by his past. In his youth he betrayed his wife and baby daughter in a shocking incident that led him to swear never to tough alcohol again for twenty-one years. He has since risen from his humble origins to become a respected pillar of the community in Casterbridge, but his secrets cannot stay hidden forever and he has many hard lessons left to learn.