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A Season in Hell: A Memoir

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About the Author

Marilyn French was a novelist and feminist. Her books include The Women's Room, which has been translated into twenty languages; From Eve to Dawn, a History of Women in the World; A Season in Hell; Her Mother's Daughter; Our Father; My Summer with George; and The Bleeding Heart. She died in 2009.


"Readers share the worst and the best with French, and by the end of the book get to know this woman, feel a part of her humanity, respect her courage, and cherish her circle of close friends (including Gloria Steinem) and relatives who gave her so much when she needed it most." -Amazon "Powerful . . . well balanced in its presentation." -Library Journal "French's memoir . . . is hellish indeed . . . an indictment of an increasingly two-tiered health-care system." -Booklist "A graceful, uncompromising account . . . The drama she relates is terrible in its familiarity, yet French makes it new, infusing her story with love, humor, and outrage . . . smoothly combines personal testimony and political ire. . . . A rousing condemnation of medical ignorance and sexism, revealed in the story of a woman's struggle to live." -Kirkus Reviews "A vigorous book." -The Times Literary Supplement "The strangest thing about A Season in Hell is that, even though it is a meticulous catalogue of her descent into this other, diminished, way of life . . . it ends up being immensely cheering." -The Guardian "The struggle to assert control over chaos, and the painful realization that your former life can never be resumed, is a powerful theme of the book." -The Independent "An awesome testament to the bravery of a woman who manages to defy a supposedly unbeatable disease." -The Big Issue "A fascinating, honest and courageous story." -Woman's Way "An inspiring, life-affirming story and will give great encouragement to many struggling with sickness or despair." -Ireland on Sunday "The fact that anyone could write this book cheers me up no end." -Sunday Tribune (Ireland)

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