The Stories of Mary Gordon by Mary Gordon

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The 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. With their powerful insights into how we make do, both socially and privately, these stories are a treasure of American fiction.


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About Mary Gordon

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Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, author, child advocate, and parenting expert who has created award-winning programs focused on the power of empathy. In 1996, she founded Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and elsewhere. Gordon speaks and consults to governments, educational organizations, and public institutions. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellow. Her Web site is http://www.rootsofempathy.org.
 
Published November 25, 2008 by Anchor. 482 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Often concerned with themes of Catholic faith in both nonfiction (Joan of Arc, 2000) and fiction (Pearl, 2005), the versatile Gordon demonstrates her stylistic staying power in 41 stories written over several decades.

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In “The Stories of Mary Gordon” (which combines new and previously uncollected stories with material from an earlier collection, “Temporary Shelter”), you’ll find work that resembles an Alice Adams story, a Grace Paley story, a Barbara Pym story, a Louis Auchincloss story.

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Publishers Weekly

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This book collects 41 tough-minded explorations into human hope, loss and failings by the award-winning author of six novels (including 1978's Final Payments ), a memoir and a life of Joan of Arc.

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Book Reporter

Reading this hefty book of short stories that explores the traits and lives of everyday people is enough to wallop a reader in the gut.

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Entertainment Weekly

In a lesser writer's hands, the protagonists in Mary Gordon's impeccable Stories collection — mostly average women trying to make the best of their disappointing lots — would be forgettable, if not maudlin.

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USA Today

Mary Gordon's body of work is summed up in the words of one of the characters in "Eleanor's Music": "It does no good to sit in the damp, dark smelly places of the mind.

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