I owe this woman a debt of gratitude because of her I was able to accept my own story of abuse and this is a terrible way to repay her but the novel is dated. There are consciousness raising groups and such in the book which is one of the reasons I think it has not withstood the test of time. The narrator is a brave soul who is seeking wholeness and I admire that but when psychological battery by women who say they care about you simply replaces physically assaults from men who say they care about you-that makes no sense to me. Assault is assault. It hurts and is not be embraced under any pretext. Ignoring all of that, again, the narrator is brave and is to be commended for her 'search for spring'.