Once again this author has written a sensitive, elusive sort of book, a psychological novel, sensitive, deftly written, but destined for a limited market. A segment in the lives of a French family, the father a wastrel, in defiance of his strong wife disporting himself like a tyrant and sadist, misunderstood and misunderstanding. The character of the mother dominates the group, and through her love and strength and understanding she untangles the threads of introversion. The story lacks action -- the interest centers on the psychological conflicts. For women primarily.