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Godwin, Gail

Works: 254 works in 1,018 publications in 16 languages and 39,050 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Gothic fiction  Ghost stories  Autobiographical fiction  Novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Lyricist, Librettist, Author of introduction, Contributor, htt, Narrator
Classifications: PS3557.O315, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Gail Godwin
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Father Melancholy's daughter by Gail Godwin( Book )

57 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 6 languages and held by 2,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abandoned by her mother at six, a young girl becomes used to putting her needs after her clergyman father
Evensong by Gail Godwin( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Swedish and held by 2,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Anglican priestess in North Carolina finds her role threatened by a fiery evangelist, also a woman. It happens in a town in the Smoky Mountains where Margaret Bonner runs an Episcopal ministry. The area is plagued by social unrest and fundamentalist preacher Grace Munger is muscling in, claiming her brand of religion will bring hope. By the author of Father Melancholy's Daughter
A southern family by Gail Godwin( Book )

48 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 8 languages and held by 2,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Theodore Quick, twenty-eight, and his girlfriend, Jeanette, are found dead with all the evidence pointing to Theo himself, his family must reevaluate itself
The finishing school by Gail Godwin( Book )

54 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 2,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A successful actress in her forties looks back to the summer she turned fourteen. It was the year she met a special mentor who pointed the way to undreamed of worlds
Flora : a novel by Gail Godwin( Book )

38 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America, will haunt Helen for the rest of her life
A mother and two daughters by Gail Godwin( Book )

74 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in 10 languages and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the continued growth of three women following the death of their husband and father
The good husband by Gail Godwin( Book )

37 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brilliant, charismatic Magda Danvers had once taken the academic world by storm with her controversial book, "The Book of Hell," and now, gravely ill, she still influences and transforms the lives of those around her
Grief cottage : a novel by Gail Godwin( Book )

16 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his mother's death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she'd moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation. The islanders call it "Grief Cottage," because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda. Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that--an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach
Queen of the underworld : a novel by Gail Godwin( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami
Unfinished desires : a novel by Gail Godwin( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Swedish and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sparking enthusiasm for a play about the founding of their North Carolina mountains Catholic girls' school, a charismatic ninth grader and her recently orphaned best friend set in motion a series of events that have decades-long ramifications
Evenings at five by Gail Godwin( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief
The odd woman by Gail Godwin( Book )

52 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jane Clifford must decide the meaning and place of love in her own life. She must search within herself and within the lives of the women who have touched her life, family and friends, to find her own form of independence
Mr. Bedford and the muses by Gail Godwin( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Bedford -- A father's pleasures -- Amanuensis -- St. John -- The angry-year -- A cultural exchange
Violet Clay by Gail Godwin( Book )

44 editions published between 1978 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moving story of a self-aware young woman who refuses to surrender the vision of herself as a great artist
Old Lovegood girls : a novel by Gail Godwin( Book )

5 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls - and their friendship - begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence - with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short. Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your "reference aura," she stays there forever. And when each woman finds herself in need of the other's essence, that spark - that remarkable affinity, unbroken by time - between them is reignited, and their lives begin to shift as a result."--Provided by publisher
Heart : a personal journey through its myths and meanings by Gail Godwin( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is heart? It is the muscle of life, sending our most vital fluid coursing through our veins to every hungry part of our being. It is what keeps us striving against impossible odds; that fortifying something that is the cornerstone of every triumph. It elates us when we discover love and pains us greatly when that love is lost or proves unrequited. It is a gentleness that colors what we give to others. It is a symbol that we see on greeting cards: a small, red shape that was drawn on the wall of a cave in Spain more than 12,000 years ago. In this truly remarkable work, bestselling author Gail Godwin takes us on a breathtaking journey of the heart that spans the entire history of human civilization, combining literature, myth, religion, philosophy, medicine, the fine arts, and intensely personal stories from the writer's own past to explore the full and complex character of that unique symbol. Beginning with intelligence and wit, Godwin's explorations and meditations brilliantly track themes of the heart in life, legend, and art--from the first valentine to the first stethoscope, from Gilgamesh to Confucius, from the heart of darkness to wearing one's heart on one's sleeve."--Jacket
Dream children : stories by Gail Godwin( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen stories including "Dream Children," "A Sorrowful Woman," and "Death in Puerto Vallarta" provide portraits of people who find happiness in the world of fantasy and imagination
Scenes from American life : contemporary short fiction by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glass people by Gail Godwin( Book )

28 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An attractive woman married to a California politician is dismayed to discover that her husband is only obsessed with her flawless beauty and is not concerned about her as a person
The perfectionists by Gail Godwin( Book )

36 editions published between 1970 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On vacation in Majorca with John, her husband, and Robin, his illegitimate son, Dane begins to see their marriage in a completely new light
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EvensongA southern familyThe finishing schoolA mother and two daughtersThe good husbandQueen of the underworld : a novelUnfinished desires : a novelEvenings at five
Alternative Names
Gail Godwin Amerikaans schrijfster

Gail Godwin Amerikaans schrijver

Gail Godwin amerikansk författare

Gail Godwin amerikansk skribent

Gail Godwin úrscéalaí agus gearrscéalaí

Godwin Gail

Godwin, Gail H.

Godwin, Gail Kathleen

Goodwin, Gail

Гейл Годвин

Гейл Годвін

גאדווין, גיל

גייל גודווין

جيل جودوين

غيل جودوين كاتبة أمريكية

قیل قودوین

گیل گودوین نویسنده آمریکایی

가드윈, 게일 1937-

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