For the market of Helen Howe's We Happy Few -- but with less disparagement, less satire, more sympathy, with less head and more heart -- this is a story of a disrupted marriage. Modern mores and morals, are set against the Bostonian concepts of gentility and convention in the story of Pure, who after twenty years of marriage to Bob, whom she had supported since he lost his money in 1929, finds her marriage breaking up when sex, Bob's panacea for all problems, no longer covers for him. Prue, who had made a success in business (an irritant to her marriage), opens a shop in the face of her mother's disapproval, and carries her three children through their father's desertion. Once burned, Prue fights her attraction for rough Irish Flaugherty, but after her mother's death, realizes her need for him equals his for her...An intelligent first novel, which includes some silken sex. Women should like this very well.