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Gordon, Mary 1949-

Works: 182 works in 857 publications in 15 languages and 37,791 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Short stories  Biographies  Romance fiction  Autobiographies  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Annotator, Editor
Classifications: PS3557.O669, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mary Gordon
The company of women by Mary Gordon( Book )

63 editions published between 1082 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 2,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five women become close friends through a common devotion to Father Cyprian, whose special vocation is working women. Among the women there is one child, Felicitas, and the book reveals her development as an amalgam of them all
Men and angels by Mary Gordon( Book )

50 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anne's job prevents her from accompanying her husband on his sabbatical and necessitates engaging live-in help for the children. Anne's discovery of the sitter's unstable condition results in learning a lesson about love
The other side by Mary Gordon( Book )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaves together many-stranded lives connected by promises and mistakes, fierce pride and keen disappointment
Final payments by Mary Gordon( Book )

78 editions published between 1978 and 2006 in 11 languages and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After spending eleven years caring for her bedridden father, thirty-year-old Isabel Moore finds that, with his death, she must make a new life for herself
Joan of Arc by Mary Gordon( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Joan of Arc, focusing on how the young girl overcame great odds to become a heroine, martyr, and saint
The rest of life : three novellas by Mary Gordon( Book )

44 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Gordon's luminous new fiction introduces three women, each of whom tells the story of the lover who altered her life." "In Immaculate Man, a social worker in her forties whose specialty is battered women becomes the lover of a priest. He has never desired a woman until, at forty-three, he desires her, makes love to her, uses his holy hands to touch her. She teaches Father Clement the language of the flesh; he teaches her the language of the Church - once foreign to her." "In Living at Home, he is an Italian foreign correspondent, she a psychiatrist who cares for autistic children. He is a man who wants nothing but the woman's body and the sanctuary of their house - until he is seized by news of another revolution, another famine or plague, another destination." "And in The Rest of Life, the woman is returning to Turin, the northern Italian town she fled sixty-three years earlier. She was fifteen then; her lover was sixteen. They were rebels, romantics, intellectuals, and they decided to shoot themselves. She chose to live." "These three beautifully rendered novellas illuminate the elliptical combination of carnal and spiritual desire in all lives. In stunning prose, Mary Gordon measures the power of the place in which love resides, the way that place shrinks or expands - and is fortified." "Rest of Life, Gordon's sixth work of fiction, incantatory in its evocation of love. This is her most radiant and powerful writing."--Jacket
The love of my youth by Mary Gordon( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years, walking the streets of Rome and reimmersing themselves in their lost past. Miranda and Adam, high school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, where they once spent a summer deeply in love, blissfully living together. At an awkward reunion, the two, who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven't seen each other since, are surprised to discover that they may still have something to talk about; they decide that, for these few weeks, they will take daily walks together. As they experience Rome, the pleasures of eye and palate, and the daily drama of the streets, they review their lives (married to others, and with grown children) and gradually explore not just what matters to them now, but what happened to them long ago. Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent on understanding who they are in relation to who they were. Theirs is a rich and wise story of forgiveness and reckoning
Pearl by Mary Gordon( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Meyers receives a call from the State Department on Chri stmas night 1998 that her daughter, Pearl, who is studying abroad at Trinity College, Dublin has chained herself to the flagpole outside the American Embassy and learns that Pearl is on a hunger strike
A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf( Book )

10 editions published between 1957 and 2003 in English and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essay calls on women to declare their independence, talent and freedom to write, think, love, and labor, controlling their own destinies, yet realize necessary communion on all levels between men and women
Temporary shelter : short stories by Mary Gordon( Book )

30 editions published between 1949 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is possible in realistic fiction to create the witch as hero, but you must place her in another moral context, and you cannot call her a witch. The use of multiple contexts is an option of the writer of the fiction we are now used to, but you must be sure your values are clear to the reader
Good boys and dead girls : and other essays by Mary Gordon( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of essays on a variety of issues about literature and American culture
Spending : a utopian divertimento by Mary Gordon( Book )

24 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An erotic novel on a woman artist who trades her body for financial support from a male patron. The arrangement enables Monica Szabo, a struggling artist in her 50s, to paint what she likes. She makes her name with a painting of Jesus Christ, showing him spent after sexual orgasm. By the author of The Rest of Life
There your heart lies by Mary Gordon( Book )

17 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the award-winning, much loved writer: a deeply moving novel about an American woman's place during the Spanish Civil War, the lessons she took from it, and how her story will shape her granddaughter's path. Marian cut herself off from her conservative, wealthy Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War...experiences she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose. As the narrative unfolds, their daily existence is intertwined with Marian's secret past...the blow to her youthful idealism when she witnessed the brutalities on both sides of Franco's war, and the romance that left her adrift in Spain with yet another family who misunderstood her. When Marian is diagnosed with cancer, she speaks at last about what happened to her in Spain...which compels Amelia to journey to Spain herself, to reconcile Marian's past with her own uncertain future. With the exquisite female bond at its core, this novel of how character is forged in a particular moment in history and passed down through the generations will linger long with its readers"
The liar's wife : [four novellas] by Mary Gordon( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The beloved author at her storytelling best: four wonderful novellas of Americans abroad and Europeans in America. In these absorbing and exquisitely made novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high-school kid in America. These stories dazzle on the surface, with beautifully rendered settings and vistas, and dig deep psychologically. At every turn Gordon reveals in her characters' interactions those crucial flashes of understanding that change lives forever. So richly developed it is hard to believe they tales fit into novella-sized packages, these tales carry us away both as individual stories and as a larger, book-length experience of Gordon's mastery and human sympathy"--
The stories of Mary Gordon by Mary Gordon( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and French and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The masterly stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer?s craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and postwar Irish American family life she circles in the early Temporary Shelter series, as well as a wealth of new fiction that brings her contemporary characters into middle age; it is their turn to face bodily decline, mortality, and the more complex anxieties of modern life. Gordon captures the sharp scent of feelings as they shift, the shape of particular lives in their hope and incomprehensibility"--Publisher website (March 2007)
Reading Jesus : a writer's encounter with the Gospels by Mary Gordon( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lifelong Christian evaluates the differences between her beliefs and those of fellow Christians, describing her efforts to study Jesus as a character of the Gospels, in an analysis of biblical stories through which the author developed a greater awareness of Jesus as a deity in human form
The Best American Short Stories 2017 by T. Coraghessan Boyle( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a selection of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources
Payback by Mary Gordon( Book )

8 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Unbeknownst to her many fans, Quin Archer, the revenge-loving queen of the reality-TV show "Payback," was once an angry teen named Heidi - and her true story may be known only to Agnes, who was her art teacher at a private New England girls' school in the 1970s. Then a young woman herself, Agnes saw a spark of originality in the brooding Heidi. But when she suggests Heidi visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the girl returns with a disastrous account of having been picked up at the museum by an older man. Agnes's stunned, victim-blaming response will haunt both women for decades. Gordon narrates this tale of #metoo misunderstanding, from a time before there was language to contain it, with a sharp sense of life's changing tempo, carrying us through Heidi's disappearance and reinvention as Quin, and Agnes's escape into career and family in Italy - until, inevitably, they meet again. A remarkable book about the precise weight of our words and deeds, from a writer whose moral vision is deeply rewarding in its subtlety"--Provided by publisher
Spiritual quests : the art and craft of religious writing( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on lectures given at the New York Public Library in the winter of 1987. Bibliography: p. [169]-184. Getting here from there / Mary Gordon -- Bringing down the fire / David Bradley -- Writing as a means of grace / Jaroslav Pelikan -- Faith and fiction / Frederick Buechner -- A sense of the holy / Hugh Nissenson -- Meditation and poetics / Allen Ginsberg
The best American short stories, 1993( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains twenty of the best short stories of 1993
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Men and angelsThe other sideFinal paymentsJoan of ArcThe rest of life : three novellasThe love of my youthPearlA room of one's own
Alternative Names
Braim, Mary, 1949-

Brain, Mary

Brain, Mary 1949-

Cash, Mary 1949-

Gordon, Mary C. 1949-

Gordon, Mary Catherine.

Gordon, Mary Catherine 1949-

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