The Golden Notebook: Perennial Classics edition (Paperback)

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If you liked Ferrante’s portrayal of intense female friendship through the characters of Elena and Lila, you might try Doris Lessing’s novel The Golden Notebook. This novel, published in 1962, features four interlocking storylines tied together through the characters of Anna, a writer, and Molly, her best friend. The relationship between Anna and Molly, like that of Elena and Lila, is the major throughline of each of their lives, and takes place against the backdrop of the burgeoning women’s movements in the mid-20th century.--Griffin

— From If You Loved..."My Brilliant Friend"


Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine reviles part of her own experience. And in the blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna tries to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.

About the Author

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

Praise For…

“Lessing writes about her own sex with the unrelenting intensity of Simone de Beauvoir, and about sex itself with the frankness and detail of John O”
Washington Post

“England’s brilliant Doris Lessing looks deeply into the problem of a sensitive and disillusioned modern woman...It is a rewarding book, and an unusually perceptive one.”
Milwaukee Journal

“No ordinary work of fiction...the technique, in a word, is brilliant, and places Doris Lessing in the forefront of British novelists.”
— Saturday Review

The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women.”
Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Times Book Review

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780060931407
ISBN-10: 006093140X
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: February 3rd, 1999
Pages: 672
Language: English
Series: Perennial Classics