||The refreshingly direct lyrics of "In This House Are Many Women" explore the harsh realities of women’s lives, realities to which Fitch herself is no stranger. The book is peopled by battered wives, single mothers, women who are poor and perhaps homeless, and exhausted caregivers, each speaking in her own voice. Together, they demonstrate Fitch’s poetic depth and versatility. But whether she writes passionately of victims and workers in a woman’s shelter, finds epiphanies in family life, or examines the uncertainties of romantic love, Fitch never loses her sense of fun. Who else but the creator of Mable Murple could conjure up Diana, the domestic acrobat who transforms her home into a circus?