Everything you need to understand or teach Lily White by Susan Isaacs.
The basic theme of this big novel is surprisingly simple, but forceful nonetheless: Even smart, tough women can be fooled; some of them survive; some do not.
Exhibit A of the women who do not is Bobette Frisch, a fifty-something businesswoman who had built up a small empire of three bars and two apartment buildings. She collected their receipts daily, in person, and was known as a no-nonsense, unimaginative solid citizen.
Bobette did have...