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The Summer Before the Dark (Vintage International)

The Summer Before the Dark (Vintage International)
Author: Doris Lessing
ISBN 13: 9780307390622
ISBN 10: 307390624
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2009-07-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $16.00

As the summer begins, Kate Brown — attractive, intelligent, forty five, happily enough married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children — has no reason to expect anything will change. But when the summer ends, the woman she was — living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring — no longer exists. This novel. Doris Lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, finally, come truly of age.

Walter Clemons

[The author's] prose has the nervous intensity and crisp impressionist lightness of some of D. H. Lawrence's later works. -- Newsweek