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Men and Angels

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Anne Foster's husband is in France. She has stayed behind in their small college town with her two young children -- whom she loves with an intensity that awes her -- to finish writing the catalogue for a major exhibition of the work of American Impressionist painter Caroline Watson. As she delves into Caroline's life, Anne sees a side of "mother love" she'd never fathomed ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (first published 1985)
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This is the first Mary Gordon novel I've read--an exploration of mother love & the terrible effects of its lack. I sometimes felt that passages on the emotional permutations of the characters--especially Anne, the main protagonist--went on too long, particularly when reflecting her uncertainty about herself in relation to other women. However, that is likely more my reaction to women who are constantly comparing themselves (come on, get over it!) & less a flaw in the book. Maybe a woman ...more
This is my first experience with a Mary Gordon book. One knows immediately one is in the presence of an accomplished author and an intense describer of characters internal and external traits. By book's end this reader was a little tired of all the interior monologues but see that is the essence of the novel,just perhaps somewhat overdone. The story flows well to a somewhat unexpected ending. Although Gordon's depiction of a religiously fanatic babysitter is well drawn, one wishes there had been ...more
This is an older book that I just finally got around to reading in 1999. She had a lot of good things to say which kept me reading but toward the end it got a little tiring and I was ready for it to be over.
I enjoyed the way Mary Gordon wrote about the experiences of being a woman.
My first Mary Gordon novel, but not my last.
This book had such potential with interesting characters, but it really seemed to fall flat. I was disappointed by the climax-- seemed to be a cop out, rather than a chance to explore something far more unusual/interesting.
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Mary Gordon was born in Far Rockaway, New York, to Anna Gagliano Gordon, an Italian-Irish Catholic mother, and David Gordon, a Jewish father who converted to Catholicism. While growing up, she attended Holy Name of Mary School in Valley Stream and for high school attended The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, N.Y.. She is Catholic.

She received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1971, and her M.A. from
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