A book that was undoubtedly groundbreaking for its time and important for later times, but I had trouble relating, in no small part because I don't find the literary quality very high. As one exception: the character of Mme. Reisz and the role she played in Mrs. Pontellier's awakening was clever, charming, intriguing. However, even though I know it was of its time, the racial references were disturbing to me. My edition had a political/historical/literary timeline in the front that was crucial putting this novel into context - and gave it the third star that it wouldn't have earned from me otherwise.
My recommendation would be: read it, but pretty much only as an appetizer for a main dish of Woolf.