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This classic features an unforgettable figure who, though not the main character, dominates this novel: Miss Haversham, the jilted bride who sits day after day in her fruitless wedding dress, unable to move on from her distressing past.

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In Gail Honeyman’s 2017 novel, the titular protagonist avoids social interaction whenever possible, and when she does speak with others, she has zero filter. Socially anxious and at times vaguely delusional, Eleanor’s inner struggle shows itself on the outside via an attention-grabbing scar on her face.

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Cora and Caesar are the fearless protagonists in this historical novel. The pair are slaves in Georgia during the 1800s who embark on a road toward freedom via the Underground Railroad, encountering dozens of experiences that challenge them both physically and morally.

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Levi’s haunting soundscapes are built around feelings. His score expresses what it’s like for the film’s protagonist (Scarlett Johansson) to go through human experiences such as birth, love, taste and death. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to burn alive, this is the amazing film score for you.

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The murkiness surrounding the gender and provenance of Morgan (played by the otherworldly Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Witch”) animates the first act of this sci-fi thriller, which briefly flirts with becoming an “Ex Machina”-like think piece about what it means to be human in the age of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.

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