ISBN: 9781615193974
Publishing: October 3, 2017
Price: $14.95 US
Paperback: 272 pages
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A Woman on the Edge of Time
A Son's Search for a Mother Who Wanted Too Much
 

Now in paperback: an “engrossing and highly recommended” (Library Journal) memoir with “moving and revelatory conclusions” (Booklist)

London, 1965: A young woman has just gassed herself to death, leaving behind a note, two young sons, and a soon-to-be-published book. Hannah Gavron was beautiful and sophisticated, a feminist ahead of her time. No one had imagined she might take her own life.

Jeremy Gavron was just four when his mother killed herself. Years later, he attempts to piece her life together from letters, photos, and others’ memories. Ultimately, he not only uncovers Hannah’s struggle to carve out her place in a man’s world; he examines the constrictions on every ambitious woman in the mid-20th century.

“Beautifully written—wholly unique.”—Joyce Carol Oates

“A thoughtful meditation on a ruthless, mysterious final act.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Poignantly touches the enigmatic interior life of a mother ‘forever out of reach.’”—Publishers Weekly

“Pioneering, intense . . . a revelation of life.”—Ali Smith

Jeremy Gavron is the author of The Book of Israel, winner of the Encore Award, and An Acre of Barren Ground. A former foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia, he lives in London, and teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.