The Company of Women
Raised by five intensely religious women and a charismatic, controversial priest, sheltered from the secular world, Felicitas Maria Taylor is intelligent, charming, and desperate for a taste of ordinary happiness. More freedom than she has ever imagined awaits her at Columbia University in the 1960s. There, Fel ...more
MARY GORDON IS A BIG FAT PHONY
Nothing is more depressing than reading the New York Times Book Review. It’s just so smug, so orthodox. And at the same time so phony. Take Mary Gordon, for example. Just the other day Mary Gordon wrote a front page review praising the new novel by Louise Erdrich, the famous Native American author. Now I’ve got nothing against Louise Erdrich, but I’ve been reading the novels and essays of Mary Gordon for over thirty years. And by the time I finished reading the r
I like it for all the wrong reasons, but I liked it. And it didn't feel like genre fiction at all and ...more
Also, my maiden name is Mary Gordon, I thought I could relate, But not so much.
When we meet Felicitas at college age, her obedience and all her training to be fierce and asexual have failed her, and Gordon provides us with an exquisitely acute portrait of the douchey guy Felicitas ...more
Read October 30th 2013
This is another one I found on my errant laptop.
There is an edge of bitterness on entering this story. It starts on a religious note and then evolves into a magical explanation of the relationships of a cluster of characters. The central character, at the beginning of the story is a teenager – a real voice. The narrative unfolds slowly and reluctantly. From the positive beginning, the entry of negative emotions is one of surprise. The rela ...more
Learned about Mary Gordon from some other reading I'd done and so took TCOW off the shelf at the library. It'd been signed out in 1997 and now by me in 2013. There are burn marks on the pages in the 1977 end part of the book. Odd.
I liked this novel despite not unders ...more
This story is grounded in a deep understanding of Roman Catholi ...more
She received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1971, and her M.A. from ...more