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The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
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Aug 19, 2010

really liked it
Read from September 21 to 27, 2010

Hmm. I both really liked and hated this book. It definitely makes the reader uncomfortable as Kate agonizes over whether her life has been wasted as a wife and mother as she transitions in to "old age." (She's only 45, but this was written in the 70s...nowadays 45 is the new 35.) The characters are caricatures but Lessing manages to make them compelling. The plot twists somewhat unexpectedly, but then stalls for the last one hundred pages or so as the development of the relationship of Maureen and Kate takes center stage. Everything about this book was laid on pretty thick, but it is thought provoking and I'm glad I read it. Call me shallow, but I do wish Kate would have gone to the dang salon and be done with it.

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