Nora has many obligations in life with caring for her mother, then her father and ends up as a teacher. She befriends this family and is enthralled with first the son, then the husband and then the wife.
She visits them in Paris and again redefines her viewpoints. She is looking for love or something to define herself with and the books ramblings showed this. She is a self ostracized individual who wants to be viewed as a
'woulda/shoulda/coulda'. It is very introspective and philosophical. She is a very talented author.