Written in 1950s. A woman plans and then carries out her plan to leave her husband. Her 2nd husband, whom she married out confusion and grief. Her first was killed in the war, and her little daughter also died. She took on as her second husband a cocky brash man, a selfish man, mistaking his confident extroversion for assured comptetence. He turns out to be a self centred little mean-spirited and spiteful man. And so the book opens with Maggie carrying out her domestic chores for the final time, then sneaking away after supper. She didnt even do the dishes. I like that part the best.
That was the the best part. The tension, wondering if her husband would figure out something was up before she could escape. She ends up in a fishing lodge in the wilderness of BC interior. This part is weaker. Probably this would have been a great short story, excised from the first half of the novel.