Probably not the best novel to finish on Mother's Day weekend. This book is Glasgow's narrative against the self-sacrificing wife/mother figure in the post-Civil War South. The novel follows the woman who lives up to her womanly ideal perfectly by being the sacrificial wife and mother with no identity outside of satisfying the needs of others. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't work out that well for her. There was a nice surprise at the very end of the book that took some of the sting out of this tragedy, but still . . . not a happy book.