In praise of rain (especially in opening chapters)

Cusk points out that motherhood is not always a fulfilling and pleasant experience and that often, women choose it in hope of a better material life. The novel charts five intertwined lives of 30-something-year-old mothers who live in the Arlington Park. Haunted by their unfulfilled dreams and elusive goals, these five mothers have lost their personal freedom the day they had become mothers and wives.