I bought this at a used bookstore in Mexico. I had just finished reading a huge volume of Canadian short stories and wanted to keep reading Canadiana. The town I was in gets a lot of Canadian visitors, so there was no shortage of Canadian authors to choose from. I liked the portrayal of a deepening marriage and the forgiveness the main character had for her own flaws and the flaws of others. The descriptions of mid-century farm life were evocative and while the language was somewhat romantic, they remove any romantic ideas I might have had about living in that time and place, especially as a woman! The opening lines sucked me right in: "Have I told you the drone's penis snaps off during intercourse with the queen bee?" asked Augusta.