Summary: A son’s search for his mother, a feminist pioneer-and a casualty of her time
In London, 1965, a brilliant young woman-a prescient advocate for women’s rights-has just gassed herself to death, leaving behind a suicide note, two young sons, and a soon-to-be-published book: The Captive Wife. No one had ever imagined that Hannah Gavron might take her own life. Beautiful, sophisticated, and swept up in the progressive sixties, she was a promising academic and the wife of a rising entrepreneur. But there was another side to Hannah, as Jeremy Gavron reveals in this searching portrait of his mother.
Gavron-who was just four when his mother killed herself-attempts to piece her life together from letters, diaries, photos, and the memories of old acquaintances. Ultimately, he not only uncovers Hannah’s struggle to carve out her place in a man’s world; he examines the suffocating constrictions placed on every ambitious woman in the mid-twentieth century.
“This volume succeeds as both a poignant memoir and a well-researched and -constructed investigation of a life ended too soon.”-Library Journal..Read more.
Gavron was only four years old when his mother committed suicide. The story was well written and eloquently put together, but I couldn’t help but thinking this was his way of trying to understand and have a relationship with his mother that he never had.
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Jeremy Gavron: A Woman on the Edge of Time Audio Book Summary
A heartwrenching tribute to his mother, jeremy Gavron has compiled a masterpiece with the brilliant and tragic audiobook: A Woman on the Edge of Time.
The work is a biography of his mother, Hannah Gavron, who took her own life when Jeremy was only four years old. To the public, she had been an active civil rights advocate and activist, all the while struggling with her own inner demons. In A Woman on the Edge of Time, Gavron is able to retrace his mother’s life by taking a look at her diaries, journals, letters, and unpublished manuscript.
A sad but compelling narrative, this memoir is sure to earn it’s place among the stalwarts of non-fiction 20th century stories.