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Gordon, Mary 1949-

Works: 124 works in 567 publications in 14 languages and 33,756 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Nonfiction television programs  Television interviews  Television talk shows 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3557.O669, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mary Gordon
Final payments by Mary Gordon( Book )

57 editions published between 1978 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 2,401 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
The company of women by Mary Gordon( Book )

50 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 2,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Funny, moving and provocative, this is the story of five women who have become close friends because of their common devotion to a dynamic priest whose special vocation is working women. Although three of them are widowed, only one, Charlotte, has a child, Felicitas, around whom all their hopes are centered -- including those of Father Cyprian, for whom she is a kind of spiritual prodigy
Joan of Arc by Mary Gordon( Book )

37 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,246 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 other side by Mary Gordon( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

32 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,239 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 love of my youth by Mary Gordon( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,983 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
Pearl by Mary Gordon( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,974 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
The rest of life : three novellas by Mary Gordon( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,712 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
Spending : a utopian divertimento by Mary Gordon( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,531 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
Temporary shelter : short stories by Mary Gordon( Book )

21 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,300 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 )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of essays on a variety of issues about literature and American culture
The stories of Mary Gordon by Mary Gordon( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and French and held by 980 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 )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 781 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
Spiritual quests : the art and craft of religious writing( Book )

7 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers on faith & reason( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers explores the mysterious region between rationality and belief, joined by some of the world's most provocative writers and thinkers
Ethan Frome and other short fiction by Edith Wharton( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects "Ethan Frome" and four short stories: "The Touchstone," "The Last Asset," "Xingu," and "The Other Two."
Howards End by E. M Forster( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wealthy family bound by the rules of tradition and property, two independent, cultured sisters, and a young man living on the edge of poverty
The shadow man by Mary Gordon( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""My father died when I was seven years old. I've always thought that was the most important thing anyone could know about me." The beloved, lost father - the Shadow Man: in this searing memoir, one of America's finest writers discovers the truth about the man whose romantic image defined her life." "But who was David Gordon really? In Mary Gordon's memories of him, he was an erudite and charming man: an intellectual, a writer and publisher, a Harvard dropout and Jazz Age bohemian. But at midlife she began to question these loving memories and to go in search of the man whose presence - and absence - haunted her life. Unburying startling truths, Gordon discovers both a devoted, inventive, and loving father and a person desperate to cover up the underside of the immigrant's encounter with the American dream. As Gordon tracks her father - in the archives, in libraries, in the middle of America - she uncovers lies, despair, madness: a man who lied about many things, including his date and place of birth, his native language, his family, his education. A Jew born in the last years of the nineteenth century, he became a convert to Catholicism and to right-wing politics, a literary critic who was also a pornographer, and a vicious anti-Semite. As a realistic portrait of her father emerges, Mary Gordon reevaluates herself in the light of these painful discoveries about her heritage and past."--Jacket
Mary Gordon and Margaret Drabble by Margaret Drabble( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduced by Clare Boylan, Mary Gordon and Margaret Drabble talk about the challenge of writing about mothers and children, the portrayal of mothers and children from the early 19th century novel to the present day, first descriptions of breastfeeding in English literature, books as child substitutes and how to write successfully from a child's point of view
The liar's wife by Mary Gordon( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 27 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 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"--
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Alternative Names
Brain, Mary

Brain, Mary 1949-

Cash, Mary 1949-

Gordon, Mary C. 1949-

Gordon, Mary Catherine 1949-

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Мэри Гордон

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The company of womenJoan of ArcThe other sideMen and angelsThe love of my youthPearlThe rest of life : three novellasSpending : a utopian divertimento