“Private Life” by Jane Smiley. The author takes us through one women’s life from 1880 to World War II. Margaret Mayfield, at age twenty-eight, was considered a spinster when she married a peculiar, and much older, scientific genius.
Their life together, although never happy, plunges into hatred as Margaret untangles her husband’s delusional web of lies caused by his paranoia and manias. After thirty years of marriage Margaret sees her husband for who he is, but more importantly she discovers her own flaws of being passive and avoidant.