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Good Boys and Dead Girls: And Other Essays

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A collection of dazzling and thought-provoking essays from lauded author Mary Gordon
Much acclaimed for her novels, Mary Gordon is also a brilliant and wide-ranging essayist. Gathering together twenty-eight of her forays into nonfiction, "Good Boys and Dead Girls" provides a richly autobiographical context for the themes that mark her fiction, such as Irish-American life, C
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Penguin Books (first published April 1st 1991)
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Mary Gordon is a writer whose previous work I've found engaging and at times exasperating. Fiercely intelligent, she was born into an Irish-American family of strictly observant Catholics. Her upbringing - in particular, its devoutly Catholic aspect - is reflected in all her work; her earlier novels are invariably populated by Irish-American women trying to come to terms with the particular brand of misogyny their church was selling (and never quite managing to escape the creepy tentacles of gui ...more
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Archie Bunker in Jane Austen drag.

Mary Gordon was born in Queens, and she hates that. She aspires to become "a lady," i.e. someone devoid of compassion, imagination, or moral responsibility, but with an innate sense of social and cultural superiority. She reads a lot of Jane Austen, evidently, and evidently she thinks that makes her a lady. She pretends to hate America from an upper-class perspective, but her resentments are as old as the Draft Riots, and just as dishonorable.

Every one of these
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Mary Gordon appeals whether essays or short stories or novels or novellas -- I rely on her for good solid reading material.
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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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