I was inspired to read this book after watching an interview with actor Maggie Gyllenhaal who has signed up to direct a film version of this novella. A fast read, it was not until the end that I understood the author wrote in her native tongue of Italian. Perhaps what didn't work for me was the translation to English? Seemed overly simplistic with very little nuance. The translated story annoyed me and gave little insight as to why the mothers within were so self-absorbed. It was hardly a study of honesty, more a series of complaints and justification for making suspect decisions. I found myself feeling sorry for Leda's two daughters which I suppose is something of an emotional evocation, despite the thin story line and character development. I also felt sorry for the very young daughter on the beach. And the ending? What exactly was that about? It has been ages since I read anything of length outside of essays and articles so I was compelled to finish the book. To me the ending was most anticlimactic unless I am missing something. I hope the forthcoming movie works better.