So, when the fuck does the plot begin? Because so far from what I've read it's like small talk stretched through 40 chapters.
it's not about the plot
It's a book of secondwave feminism and was part of the realist movement. It was meant to be a controversial, gender-role breaking book.
if you're reading for plot you're reading it wrong.
Novelists over the decades have managed convince themselves that they need not be bound dramatic structure.
So when you're reading one of these plodding tomes, know that they're playing their own game.
I read it for an american lit 1820-1900 class at uni. It's not a bad book if you consider its contexts and the role it was meant to play. We had it paired up with a henry james novel and mcteague after