What I love about this book is how (not counting the prologue) the story is divided into 10 parts (relatively short). Each part is told from one of the characters (women's) perspective. There are 3 women and we get to read their experiences as they fulfill different roles. We read Marjory's story as a child and later as a woman. Ingrid's story as a woman, an aunt and mother.
Ingrid's husband often gets drunk and comes home and abuses her. This has happened countless times . This time she leaves and takes her children with her. Marjory (her daughter) she leaves with her brother and wife, her son she takes with her to her other brother. She gets a lot of support from her family always. Her brother Roy has had enough and wants her to get a divorce. Ingrid stays at her brother Frankie's and experiences the luxury of not having to clean a house or watch the children. A second of not being a housewife , of being independent. In the end the woman
Ingrid's decision to move back in with her husband ruins the relationship with her daughter. Marjory never forgives her father and never understood why her mother chose to go back. The family is together ,yet there's so much guilt and loneliness. Marjory grows up then leaves for the Netherlands. She's become an independent woman and would like to stay that way.
The writing is pretty simple and understandable. I loved the story about the mermaid.
Some of the parts started with excerpts from other books about feminism or women in general. Some of those excerpt pissed me off .
"She was created to be the toy of man, his rattle, and it must jingle in his ear whenever, dismissing reason, he chooses to be amused" Mary Wollstnoecraft, " A Vindication of the Rights of Women',
"I'm admired because I do everything right. I cook, sew, knit, talk, work and fuck right. So I am a valuable post. Without me he would suffer.With him I'm alone" Christine Billson, "You Can Touch Me"