Regardless of whether GM's novel is a must-read 'classic', it's definately a must-read... I could wax lyrical about how 1950's America must have been shocked and rocked by the publication of this titillating, salicious romp of a read - there's a nod in the direction of sex, illegal abortion, child abuse and unmarried mother's afterall - but I won't. Simply because, to me, the message I ultimately felt was one of womanhood. And comradeship. And strength.
All three women central to the novel are superbly crafted - they manage to be very normal and believable while dealing with matters that most women would find huge and intimidating in the present day, never mind 50 years ago.
Intellectually, this is not one of the greats - it's a bouncy, enjoyable read and if it's serious literature you're after, this won't be for you but nevertheless, it's a 5* review for me, simply for being exactly what I hoped it would be!