The Summer Before the Dark - Doris LessingJonathan Cape, 1973, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “Kate Brown is faced for the first time in twenty years with the prospect of being alone, because her husband, a successful neurologist, is going to work for some months in an American hospital. Urged by him to take a job, she embarks on a summer of exploration, freedom and self-discovery, during which she rejects the stereotypes of femininity — which, like her conventional clothes, do not fit her any more. What Kate finds out about herself in this summer of crisis enrages and appals her, but brings her face to face with herself. As in The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing is concerned with the situation of present-day woman. But her treatment of the emotional gull which opens before a 45-year-old woman who is no longer needed as a wife and mother is a starting-point for much more — confrontation with the threat of annihilation, the terrors of old age and death. When the novel begins, Kate Brown is a fashionable and competent woman in a suburb garden — before it ends she is stripped of everything she believes she is.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 241
Cover Art By: Craig Dodd
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