Happening

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Publisher Description

In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.
This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies.
In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2001
September 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
96
Pages
PUBLISHER
Seven Stories Press
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

GLC2551 ,

Timely. Valuable. Essential Read.

Having read a recommendation in the NYTimes for both the book and the movie, I immediately purchased the book. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, the honesty, description, and carefully worded passages share the fear, pain, and despair of unwanted pregnancy and abortion. So important to learn more, feel more, during this trying Roe vs Wade debacle.

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