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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - otterley - LibraryThing
Lessing here writes about transitions, about identity, about women and how they are together, with men and how they are seen. I would be surprised if any woman, certainly over the age of 35 or so ... Read full review
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