This is again in that genre known as gynecological Gothic in which Francesca, very pregnant--say about 267 days--goes to see her mother-in-law whom Matthew, before he'd gone off to Vietnam to die, had assured her she'd like. Even though she'd never acknowledged the marriage. She takes the bus to Always, Ohio, to see Mrs. Kinsolving who is anything but likable and who greets her with the evidence of the family taint (a retarded girl, presumably Matthew's sister). Landlocked there by a flood, Francesca has her baby which is (she's told) a monster, is given one damn hypodermic after another, locked up, but finally manages under the most improbable conditions to escape with her infant. . . .Miss Hintze plots all of this with much too much enthusiasm but you'll like Francesca who tells her story in a susceptible first person and there will be others who are equally susceptible. Unnatural childbirth which is very easy to read about.