The Summer Before the Dark
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.
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THE SUMMER BEFORE THE DARKUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
With what tenacity, as well as shattering effectiveness, has Doris Lessing functioned as the cartologist of women in our time scanning their various intellectual, biological and emotional binds ali ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - freddlerabbit - LibraryThing
As with much of Lessing's work (even The Golden Notebook), the metaphors here are quite heavy handed and rather obvious; the reader can't escape from the idea that this story contains a political ... Read full review