Maureen Howard: Novelist Who Traced Women’s Challenges in Marriage and Society

From a New York Times obit by Neil Genzlinger headlined “Maureen Howard, Novelist Who Traced Women’s Challenges, Dies at 91”:

Maureen Howard, who first drew wide attention in 1965 with her novel “Bridgeport Bus,” which came to be regarded as a precursor to second-wave feminism, and went on to write ambitious, well-regarded books for 45 more years, died on Sunday in Manhattan….

Ms. Howard’s novels, some of which took Irish American assimilation as a theme, often featured women confronting challenges in marriage and society. Three successive midcareer works, “Grace Abounding” (1982), “Expensive Habits” (1986) and “Natural History” (1992), were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award.