I feel that American marriages have been/are "bound by tradition & religion even today. Some women are still "trapped in "suffocating marriages". I was one of these women who after 38 of being in an unhappy and unfulfilling marriage had the courage to leave.Now the only people who support me are my children and the "new" friends I have made. My family, inlaws and couple friends no longer are in my life.So, how far have we come in America especially women of my generation? I enjoyed the book because in some ways I could related to her decisonsand her life.