The Country of the Pointed Firs - Sarah Orne Jewett

This is by far one of the best examples of character development I've ever read. Though only novella length, it is rich in insight. I came to know and care about the characters, and I wanted their stories to continue well into the years. I felt as though I were at the table sharing tea with them, listening to their stories, watching the fabric of their lives unfold. I'm so glad I stumbled across this literary tapestry.