A Woman on the Edge of Time by Jeremy Gavron
A Son Investigates His Trailblazing Mother's Young Suicide

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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 ’60s, 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.
 

About Jeremy Gavron

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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 now lives in London, and teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
 
Published September 20, 2016 by The Experiment. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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To her friends and colleagues, Hannah Gavron (d. 1965) was a mercurial and charismatic force of energy. To her parents, siblings, and husband, she was both exhilarating and exhausting. To her son Jeremy, who was only four years old when she committed suicide in a flat not far from poet Sylvia Pla...

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