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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Review: The Summer Before the DarkUser Review - Ryan - Goodreads
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to, but it was still a pretty nice feminist time capsule from the early 70's, from one of the most feminist writers of the 20th century. Read full review