The Summer Before the Dark

Author(s): Doris May Lessing


Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman's life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age.
As the summer begins, Kate Brown--attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children--has no reason to expect that anything will change. But by summer's end the woman she was--living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring--no longer exists. The Summer Before the Dark" "takes us along on Kate's 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 herself that lets her finally and truly come of age.


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"A splendid and serious novel that reminds one once again of just how much the fictive imagination can order and enrich experience." --"National Observer"
"Lessing's prose has the nervous intensity and quick, impressionistic lightness of some of D. H. Lawrence's later work. We are caught up in a rush of strong feeling." --Walter Clemons, "Newsweek"
"[A] masterpiece...probably the best book she has written." --"The Economist"

"From the Paperback edition."

General Fields

  • : 9780307390622
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : July 2009
  • : 201mm X 130mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 273
  • : Doris May Lessing
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 823.914