mmack go for it. Got to the bit where Meri is reading Delia's letters and it seems to have jumped back about 25 years now.
I don't mind character driven books but I don't know if I like any of the three characters so far. The young couple are just boring and I presume Delia has got a history but there is nothing that's encouraging me to find out what.
I read this a few years ago so I'm a bit hazy and open to correction. I think it ends with the Senator being back with his wife because he is ill somehow. The neighbour Meri(?) is feeling unattractive after having a baby and something happens between her and the Senator after he watches her breastfeeding. Delia sees this and finally calls time on the marriage. I don't remember what happens with Meri's marriage. I think I mainly remember it because the scene with the breastfeeding is a bit icky.
From what I remember, Meri's marriage does survive. She lies about what happened with the Senator and claims that all Delia saw was her breastfeeding in front of him and over-reacted, and her husband believes her.