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.
“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