In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.
This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies.
In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MSarki - LibraryThing
Not only an interesting story, but harrowing and unfair. I do appreciate Annie Ernaux, her honesty and courage, and her need to put her life into words so that others might benefit from how, and the way, she lived. Read full review
HappeningUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Though not well known in this country, Ernaux is celebrated and widely taught in her native France. In the United States, two of her works A Woman's Story and A Man's Place were both chosen as New ... Read full review